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    Default Davy Down Thurrock Mar 09


    Not really an explore as the whole area is open all the time but its a nice little place with some interesting stuff, and i was here this week with a group of kids teaching them navigation so i took some pics

    Before opening to the public in May 1993 Davy Down had a long history of farming, dating back to at least 1730.



    More recently the land was used for market gardening, which was abandoned when the new A13 was built splitting the land holding in half.

    The farm soon became derelict and unsightly and remained so until the Davy Down Project began.

    The area also retains a rich heritage in the form of the impressive railway viaduct across the Mardyke Valley which dates from 1892.

    There are also the dominant Stifford Pumping Station buildings, built in 1926-27 to house large diesel engines which provided the power to extract water from a 42m deep borehole in the chalk below.

    Water is still being extracted today using a modern electric pump.

    The Viaduct



    Pumping Station


    Machinery




    A nice little place with a little museum in the pumping Station
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    i really like viaducts and bridges nice pumping station to seen one out our way for sale and conversion to housing.

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    Delightful pumping station...love the way they were built with aesthetics in mind instead of just for utilitarian purposes.
    The viaduct's great too. It looks quite unusually lower than most, unless it's just the wide span of the arches that makes it look like it.
    Interesting stuff, Weeto. :)
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    Hi weeto. That is one hell of a Pumping station. One of my goals is to visit Bazeljetts creation at Crossness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Delightful pumping station...love the way they were built with aesthetics in mind instead of just for utilitarian purposes.
    The viaduct's great too. It looks quite unusually lower than most, unless it's just the wide span of the arches that makes it look like it.
    Interesting stuff, Weeto. :)
    Tbh its not the highest viaduct around, its a cool place and the walk aound the place leads right out to unde the m twenty five

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwich canary View Post
    Hi weeto. That is one hell of a Pumping station. One of my goals is to visit Bazeljetts creation at Crossness.
    Id love to see that

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    Ive seen signs pointing to davy down but never looked into what it was. Ive seen that Viaduct from the A13 and always wanted to see it. How do you get to the viaduct?

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    easiest way is go onto davy down round the back of the pump house and there it is. its amazing especially as its in south ockendon.:)
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    Love it,quality stuff.
    In a surreal world it all makes sense

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