The Crossness Pumping Station is a former sewage pumping station designed by the Metropolitan Board of Works's chief engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette and architect Charles Henry Driver at the eastern end of the Southern Outfall Sewer and the Ridgeway path in the London Borough of Bexley. Constructed between 1859 and 1865 by William Webster, as part of Bazalgette's redevelopment of the London sewerage system, it features spectacular ornamental cast ironwork, that Nikolaus Pevsner described as "a masterpiece of engineering – a Victorian cathedral of ironwork".
Keith Dyer | Sep 23, 2017
If you like engineering, then this is for you. The air can become a little (how should we say) "Ripe" at times. But it's not overpowering. Its in a sewage works so expect no less.
Pia Fredriksson | Dec 14, 2017
Waited two years for chance to visit Crossness. Got the chance in August 2017. We walked there from Greenwich, via the path along the river bank. The building is spectacular, inside out! Loved the idea of of a tunnel to get in to the exhibition. The history of the sewer system is interesting and all the different toilet stools was amazing. The actual pump part of the building was breathtakingly beautiful. Partly restored, partly as found after the pumping station was closed. What an amazing quality in every beautyful detail in the engins and the systems. Wish we would build our factories and pumping stations like that! Colourful, majestic, churchlike and beautiful in every little detail. Recommend everyone to visit it!
Sandra Crespo | Dec 30, 2017
Great off the beaten path landmark, nice cakes in the cafeteria. Truly entertainment morning
Paul Murphy | Sep 29, 2017
A lovely place full of proper steam engineering decorated in the way only the Victorian did. A great cafe complements the various displays for a good day out. There is a seperate building that tells the story of the dedicated railway network on the site.
Martin Noutch | Sep 26, 2017
Right, let me clarify this: If you like engineering, steam engines and victorian miracles of construction, if you have some patience and a bit of imagination, you'll have a great day. Don't go if you are needing stimulation every few minutes and have a short attention span. - Knowledgeable volunteers! - Massive beam engine, steaming a few times a year - Gorgeous high victorian wrought iron work - Interesting displays of... toilets
Adam Knauz | Apr 22, 2018
Not a typical sight but it is quite interesting and if you are into engineering then this is definitely something for you. There is a huge exhibition to explain the history and the principles of, well sewage treatment... you can visit the Victorian engine room (currently closed due to asbestos found) and there are numerous steam engines and machines (all in working condition). The staff and the guides are very friendly and welcoming, they are very enthusiastic about the work they do and they are more than happy to give you insight and tell you stories. There’s a little coffee shop with cakes, drinks and sandwiches made to order. Prices are very reasonable and everything goes to the project to restore and keep this machines working for the next generations. Cards are accepted!
Andrew Long | Apr 22, 2018
Visited the Crossness Pumping Station on the first open day of the year. Admission was £4 per adult. There is a narrow gauge railway exhibition to visit, an exhibition about why the Pumping Station was created along with some proper old fashioned toilets. There is an exhibition of small engines and an engineering shop. Unfortunately you cannot enter the room containing the elaborate victorian metalwork (see my picture) because it contains asbestos which needs to left to settle before it can be removed. Please visit to support them and give money to pay for asbestos removal.
Paul Davis | May 20, 2018
Very interesting. Very informative, friendly and helpful staff and volunteers.
Gary Constant | May 23, 2018
Great place to visit to see some amazing Victorian engineering.
Nick Chudley | Jun 21, 2018
Really great to see the work that has been undertaken by volunteers
Gentiana Gabriela Tartiu | Jun 29, 2018
Very hard to reach it and you cannot visit. Just look from outside the fence
Debbie Smith | Jul 15, 2018
Friendly informitve volunteers Beautiful buildings Please support this place in whatever way you can It's our history they are preserving
Colin Mair | Jul 17, 2018
Well worth a visit, an historical place with iron work you will be amazed at :-)
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