Crossness Pumping Station

Reconstructing the Past:
Crossness Pumping Station

An Online Exhibition


The Crossness Pumping Station is a Victorian sewage pumping station built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of the much-needed redevelopment of London’s main sewerage system. It was officially opened in 1865 by Edward, Prince of Wales and is located in Crossness, south-east London.

The Beam Engine House is a unique, Grade I listed building featuring the four original pumping engines – the largest remaining rotative beam engines in the world. The building also features breathtaking ornamentation from cast iron.

The station was abandoned in the 1950s. Following a decades-long campaign, funding from bodies such as English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and a lot of amazing conservation and restoration work carried out by the unpaid volunteers of the Crossness Engines Trust (a charity founded by local community members), the Station is starting to regain its former glory. One of the four beam engines – Prince Consort – has been restored and can be seen working on “public steaming days”. Crossness will formally re-open in 2012 but it is currently open to the public on select dates throughout the calendar.

This online exhibition features original photographs of the Fitting Shop and the main Beam Engine House at Crossness. It aims to capture the unique history and atmosphere of this site, as well as to highlight and promote the brilliant restoration work being carried out.













































Reconstructing the Past: Crossness Pumping Station
October 2011

All photos: September 2011 | © Roman Gerodimos

Official Website and Visitor Information:

Wikipedia entry

Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life – Wellcome Collection exhibition

Recommended Reading:

V. Smith et al (2011), Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life, Profile Books

S. Foxell (2007), Mapping London: Making Sense of the City, Black Dog Publishing

S. Croad (2003), Liquid History: The Thames Through Time, Batsford Ltd

P. Ackroyd (2001), London: The Biography, Vintage

P. Ackroyd (2011), London Under, Chatto and Windus



2 Responses to Crossness Pumping Station

  1. Alsu says:

    Hi Roman,

    My name is Alsu and I am a memeber of BVAG group based in London. We are currently working on the exhibition of Charles Henry Driver’s architecture. Crossness Pumping Station is one of the projects we intend to exhibit. I am writing to ask whether your pictures of the station from here can be used for the exhibition (signed by your name)?

    The exhibition is organized on volunteer basis and we are not going to charge for the entrance or make any money on it. We are aiming at saving architectural heritage in London.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me or BVAG group for any futher questions.

    Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you!

    • rgerodimos says:

      Hi Alsu,
      Thanks for getting in touch. I’m more than happy to have my pictures included in the exhibition – thanks for asking.
      Let me know when/where the exhibition will be so that I can attend/publicise it.

      Best wishes

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