Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
Victorian steam pumping engines museum and archive
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station was constructed in the late 1800s to resolve an acute problem caused by the large number of breweries in the area, namely sewage!
The 4 giant beam engines, in two engine houses pumped the effluent to the Sewage Farm at Etwall for almost 90 years, but were superseded when the new sewage treatment works was built next door, and the site was abandoned. After 30 years a trust was formed to restore Claymills – a huge task, and now the site opens in steam on six weekends each year. However, visitors are still very welcome on any Thursday or Saturday to watch the volunteers at work, and take a guided tour. The beam engines were built by Gimson of Leicester in 1885, five boilers by Thompson replaced the originals in 1936-37, there’s a steam powered workshop, a forge, and a 1930s dynamo house with the oldest working steam dynamo set in the UK..
You will receive a very warm welcome on Steaming Weekends, and meet the small army of friendly volunteers who have the history and knowledge to help make your visit unforgettable. Children can dress up, follow the Ratty Trail, or read the thrilling ‘Ratty Tails’, the adventures of the Claymills Rats. Don’t miss our famous ‘Stoker’s Rest’ café for refreshments!
Please visit the web site for up to date information – we look forward to seeing you at t’Mill.
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