Papplewick Pumping Station, Papplewick

Papplewick Pumping Station, situated in open agricultural land approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) by road from the Nottinghamshire village of Papplewick, was built by Nottingham Corporation Water Department between 1881 and 1884 to pump water from the Bunter sandstone to provide drinking water to the City of Nottingham, in England. Two beam engines, supplied with steam by six Lancashire boilers, were housed in Gothic Revival buildings. Apart from changes to the boiler grates, the equipment remained in its original form until the station was decommissioned in 1969, when it was replaced by four submersible electric pumps.

A Trust was formed in 1974 to conserve the site as a static museum, but the plans soon developed to include the refurbishment and regular steaming of the engines. One of the beam engines was operated in 1975, using the only boiler that was certified to be safe at the time. Since then, the second engine has been reconditioned, and both are steamed several times a year. New visitor facilities were built in 1991, and a major restoration of the structures was completed in 2005, following a grant of £1.6 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund. As well as the beam engines, the site houses several other engines, which are also demonstrated on steam days.
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  • Visited a few times on visits to Notts. Never disappointed it is a really pretty setting and a great place to actually get in touch with nature. Highly recommended place to visit.  more »
  • Visited this amazing place on the Saturday when there was a ww2/19 40s weekend taking place (which was superb) the steam was on with the boilers running, so the massive pumps were running too...  more »
  • A great place! Very interesting indeed. Also were able to go underground to the Victorian Reservoir. Incredible high quality architecture, especially when you consider its function, so no one would ever see it! One criticism, was it really necessary to have a live band there, ruined the whole atmosphere, especially as it was so near the main building. It could even be heard inside over the steam engine.
  • A cathedral to steam powered engineering and water supply innovation. The pumping station is regularly in steam with the original majestic Boulton and Watt steam engines in action. The station has a collection of other engines salvaged and preserved from other works and factories that are lovingly tended and kept in working order by a team of volunteers. The station also has a now disused underground reservoir that was used to supply drinking water to the people of Nottingham. This is a great place to visit for engineering buffs and families.
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