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List of pumping stations

There are countless thousands of pumping stations throughout the world. The following is a list of those described in this encyclopaedia. (Generally to be listed they should be of historical engineering significance, ie. steam powered or now a museum or listed etc).


A Number of Victorian era stations have been preserved with old equipment in (often built in the UK & installed originally in the colonial days).

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United Kingdom

In the UK, during the Victorian Era, there was a fashion for public buildings to feature highly ornate architecture. Consequently, a considerable number of former pumping stations have been listed and preserved. The majority were originally steam-powered, and where the steam engines are still in situ, many of the sites have since re-opened as museum attractions.

Canal water supply

  • Claverton Pumping Station, on the Kennet and Avon Canal, near Bath (water-powered)
  • Cobb's Engine House, ruin near southern portal of Netherton Tunnel
  • Crofton Pumping Station, on the Kennet and Avon Canal, near Great Bedwyn
  • Leawood Pump House, on the Cromford Canal in Derbyshire
  • Smethwick Engine, now removed from original site to Birmingham Thinktank
  • New Smethwick Pumping Station (now part of Galton Valley Canal Heritage Centre)

Groundwater supply

Used to pump water from a well into a reservoir

  • Bestwood Pumping Station, Nottinghamshire
  • Boughton Pumping Station, Nottinghamshire
  • Bratch Pumping Station, Staffordshire
  • Mill Meece Pumping Station, in Staffordshire
  • Papplewick Pumping Station, Nottinghamshire (pumped from a 200 ft deep well)
  • Selly Oak Pumping Station, Birmingham (building converted to an electricity sub-station)

Hydraulic power station

  • Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, London (converted to electricity, now an arts centre and restaurant)

Land drainage

  • Dogdyke Pumping Station lincolnshire
  • Pinchbeck Engine, near Spalding (preserved beam engine and scoop wheel)'
  • Pode Hole pumping station, near Spalding, Lincolnshire (formerly steam beam engines, no longer present)
  • Prickwillow Engine House, near Ely, Cambridgeshire (now the Museum of Fenland Drainage)
  • Stretham Old Engine, Stretham, Cambridgeshire
  • Westonzoyland Pumping Station, Somerset

Public water supply

Used to pump drinking water from a reservoir into a water supply system.

  • Blagdon Pumping Station, Chew Valley, Somerset
  • Edgbaston Waterworks, Birmingham (probably not a 'museum' site)
  • Kempton Park Pumping Station, London
  • Kew Bridge Pumping Station, Kew Bridge, London
  • Langford Pumping Station ("Museum of Power"), Essex
  • Ryhope Engines Museum, Sunderland
  • Tees Cottage Pumping Station, Darlington


  • Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester
  • Abbey Mills Pumping Station, in North London. (steam engines no longer present)
  • Claymills Pumping Station, near Burton upon Trent
  • Coleham Pumping Station, Coleham, near Shrewsbury
  • Crossness Pumping Station, in South London
  • Dock Road Edwardian Pumping Station, in Northwich, Cheshire (Gas engines. Built 1913)
  • Low Hall Pumping Station, Walthamstow, North London
  • Markfield Beam Engine, Tottenham, London

Underground railway

  • Brunel Engine House (now Brunel Museum), Rotherhithe, East London (extracted water from Thames Tunnel; engine no longer present)
  • Shore Road Pumping Station, Birkenhead, Wirral (originally steam, now electric; extracts water from the rail tunnel under the River Mersey)

Hong Kong

Public water supply
  • Engineer's Office of the Former Pumping Station, Hong Kong


Agricultural drainage
  • Nasiriyah Drainage Pump Station, Dhi Qar Province


Land drainage
  • Cruquius pumping station (Operational, but no longer steam-powered.)
    – an 8-beam Cornish engine with the largest cylinder (144 in (3.5m) diameter) in the world.
  • ir.D.F. Woudagemaal, (ir. Wouda pumping station) (world's largest steam-powered pumping station)