South London's Hidden Gem. The Crossness Engines is only one of two Grade 1 listed industrial buildings in London. It is the most extravagant of all the grand pumping stations using steam to pump sewage received through Joseph Bazalgette's sewer system devised in the 1860's in response to the 'Great Stink' of 1858.
Join the tour which starts at 10:00 and will finish at 13:00. See the most spectacular ornamental cast ironwork which Nikolaus Pevsner described as a 'masterpiece of engineering, a Victorian cathedral of ironwork'. The Beam Engine House contains what are thought to be the world's largest rotative beam engines, one of which, Prince Consort has been restored. An amazing site referred to as the 'Cathedral on the Marsh' A joy to visit for all who appreciate history and have a sense of wonder.
There is also a new exhibition plus a museum shop. Tea and biscuits are provided.
Visitors are advised to wear trousers and flat shoes.
Parking is available in Bazalgette Way and the site is accessed via a pedestrian route about 600 metres in length. If you are a blue badge holder parking is available closer to the main buildings.
If you are unable to attend the specified dates for these Guided Tours, or if they are fully booked, we also have Public Open Days when no booking is required.
Public Open Days in 2016 - 4th September, 9th October, 23rd October. from 10.30am - 4.30pm. Just come along. Volunteers will be available to give guidance.