CC Image courtesy of Crossness Pumping Station by Andy AldridgeCC Image courtesy of Crossness Pumping Station by Amanda SlaterCC Image courtesy of Crossness Pumping Station by Andy AldridgeCC Image courtesy of Crossness Pumping Station by Phil Beard

The Crossness Engines

The Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's urgently needed main sewerage system.

It was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in April 1865. The Beam Engine House is a Grade 1 Listed Industrial Building constructed in the Romanesque style and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork to be found today. It also contains the four original pumping engines (although the cylinders were upgraded in 1901), which are possibly the largest remaining rotative beam engines in the world, with 52 ton flywheels and 47 ton beams.

Although modern diesel engines were subsequently introduced, the old beam engines remained in service until work on a new sewerage treatment plant commenced in 1956. Following abandonment in the mid 1950's, the engine house and engines were systematically vandalised and left to decay, which greatly impeded the Trust's restoration/conservation programme.

The Crossness Engines Trust, a registered charity, was set up in 1987 to restore the installation which represents a unique part of Britain's industrial heritage and an outstanding example of Victorian engineering. A large part of the restoration work so far carried out has been done entirely by an unpaid volunteer workforce.

Museum Facilities

  • Cafe

  • Restaurant

  • Shop

  • Audio Guide

  • Tour Guide

  • Photography

  • Wheelchair Access

  • WiFi

  • Venue Hire

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  • Not allowed

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  • Prior permission required.

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London Area: Outer


  • The Crossness Pumping Station
  • The Old Works, Crossness
  • Belvedere Rd
  • London
  • SE2 9AQ


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 4

  • National Rail

    • Abbey Wood

    Bus Numbers

  • 177, 229, 401, 472, 601, 602, 669


Adult £6.00
Child £2.00
Admission notes:FREE for under 5 year olds.
Open Hours
Monday 10:30am 16:00pm
Tuesday 10:30am 16:00pm
Wednesday 10:30am 16:00pm
Thursday 10:30am 16:00pm
Friday 10:30am 16:00pm
Saturday 10:30am 16:00pm
Sunday 10:30am 16:00pm

Contact Details

Phone 020 8311 3711
Website The Crossness Engines
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