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    Abbey Mills pumping station was originally built between 1865 and 1868 and was designed by engineer Joseph Bazalgette, Edmund Cooper, and architect Charles Driver. Its purpose was to pump the sewage from London's low level sewers up to the high level sewage processing plant on the Thames estuary. It is designed in a cruciform plan, with an elaborate Byzantine style, described as The Cathedral of Sewage.

    It would have originally used huge steam driven beam engines which were removed during the 1930's and replaced by electric pumps, which for some reason look a lot like the Daleks from Dr. Who. The originally service platforms are all still in place and it is easily possible to see where the beam engines would have once been, one in each "corner" of the building making a total of four.



    I understand that the electric pumps are only now used during times of heavy rains and provide more of a back up service to the modern main pumping station a little way down the road.

    I’ve never been down a sewer; it’s not that I object, it’s just that the time and place have yet to be right for me so I guess my pre-sewer visit homework has been completed by seeing where it all ends up.



























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    Wow! Amazing place and photos.

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    Super stuff Els, fantastic location and pics:)
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    What a feast for the eyes. That's a labour of love, yours and the Architects.
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    I love these old pumping stations...they never fail to amaze. This one's a real beauty.
    Fabulous pics. :)
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    Ah, the Victorians. They did engineering proper, like. With elegance.

    It amuses me to think of the great and the good at one of the open days, nibbling on canapes and sipping Champagne (I've read that this really did happen) while the sewage was pumped beneath them. Clearly not their sewage, of course. As any fule kno', posh people do not have bottoms.

    The affluent on top, and the effluent beneath. Or is it the other way round?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardH View Post
    The affluent on top, and the effluent beneath. Or is it the other way round?
    LOL. Beautifully put, as always Richard. :D
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    Absolutely superb - I am a huge fan of pumping stations and I don't think I have ever seen one of such stunning design. Imagine what it would have been like with the beam engines in place.

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    It does look more like the inside of a cathedral,definitely not what I would imagine the inside of sewer to look like,an that Dalek is priceless.
    Great stuff! I feel much happier now when I flush the toilet.

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    im a volunteer at the Abbey pumping station in leicester, for the guys that like puimpers then this one is worth a visit too. the 4th beam engine will be in steam next year ready for its 120th anniversery. this will be the only place in europe that you will see all 4 beam engines working at the same time.

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