The Crossness Pumping Station Totally Thames Open Day

A hidden gem in the hinterland of Erith and Thamesmead, The Crossness Pumping Station is rightfully described as the ‘Cathedral of the Marshes’. 

On the days of the Lesnes to Crossness Walks, the Crossness Pumping Station will be open for guided tours between 12pm and 3pm.  This will be a rare chance to experience this beautifully restored Grade I building and grounds. Decorated in the highest of Victorian design, the architecture of the building is a feast for the eyes. 

The Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's urgently needed main sewerage system. It was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in April 1865. The Beam Engine House is a Grade I Listed Industrial Building constructed in the Romanesque style and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork to be found today. It also contains the four original pumping engines, which are possibly the largest remaining rotative beam engines in the world.  150 years old, 1,000 tons of cutting edge Victorian engineering hailed in its day as a modern wonder of science and engineering. 

Lesnes to Crossness Guided Walk

Take in the Thamesmead lakes, parks and modernist architecture on this guided walk from Lesnes Abbey Woods to Crossness and hear about the ambitious plans for both Lesnes Abbey Woods and Thamesmead as we walk you to Crossness Pumping Station where you are invited to take a tour of the station's magnificent architecture.  

How to get there

Meeting point: Abbey Wood Rail Station (outside main entrance), Wilton Road, Abbey Wood, London, SE2 9RH
Nearest tube: Woolwich Arsenal


Price: FREE or part of combined ticket to Crossness Pumping Station.  Tickets to Crossness Pumping Station are £5 Adults, £2 Young persons (6 to 15 years of age).
Age group: All ages

This event also takes place on 14 & 28 September.



Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the advertised start time.  Comfortable shoes and a bottle of water is recommended.

Plan your stay:


The Crossness Engines Trust, The Old Works, Thames Water STW, Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ

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