Markfield Beam Engine Museum, London

4.3
#207 of 255 in Museums in London
Markfield Road Pumping Station, now known as Markfield Beam Engine and Museum or sometimes just as Markfield Beam Engine is a Grade II listed building containing a beam engine, originally built in 1886 to pump sewage from Tottenham towards the Beckton Works. The grounds of the building now form a public park known as Markfield Park.
Markfield Beam Engine is a free-standing steam engine with a flywheel that moves a beam. The beam drives two single-acting plunger pumps. Each pump is 26 inches in diameter and has a 51-inch stroke. When the machine was operational it had a working speed of 16 rpm and each pumps could move a day.
The engine is finely decorated, with doric style columns and acanthus leaves.
The sewage works opened in 1864 - the engine was built in 1886 and commissioned in 1888, it was used continuously from then until 1905, when it was relegated to occasional duty for stormwater pumping. The works were finally closed for operation in 1964.
Over £3 million has been spent on restoring the engine, building and surrounding grounds, a full restoration of the park was completed by April 2010, and the park, museum, and beam engine re-opened for public access. The funding was secured through various sources including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Football Foundation, DCLG and Big Lottery Fund. The engine is now occasionally run for public display.
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  • Rocked up to see this with few expectations, but what a pleasant surprise. The victorians could certainly build a decent steam engine. The volunteers were really on the ball and the mini tour was info...  more »
  • While I was working on places to visit, I came across this little museum. It is holding a Victorian time, still operational steam engine inside. Volunteers are maintaining the engine so a donation is ...  more »
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  • Very nice park where to have a walk. There is a small playground for kids. There is also a Bar which sells ice cream and a huge steam engine nearby. The park is not too big. Unfortunately, there are lots of big trucks going on the only way to get to the park. It can get very dusty sometimes.
  • A wonderful example of what careful restoration can achieve A magnificent bit of Victorian steam engineering
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