This is Britain's finest Victorian Water Works and the only one in the Midlands to be preserved as a complete working fresh water pumping station. Papplewick Pumping Station was built between 1882 & 1884 to supplement the water supply for the growing city of Nottingham.
In the main building there are the two massive beam pumping engines, thought to be the last built by the famous firm of James Watt & Co. of Soho Works, Birmingham and London.
These two 140hp. Engines lifted water from the 200 foot deep well, dug into the sandstone subground and pumped the water up to the covered reservoir on the hill behind the station; and by gravity to parts of Nottingham.
These beams engines worked for 85 years and ceased regular operation in 1969, when electric pumps were fitted in the pilot well near the main gate. These automatic electric pumps saved the manpower required to stoke three of the 6 Lancashire boilers that feed steam to the two beam engines.
After the preservation group took over the upkeep of the station in 1974 and by 1975 Papplewick was opened to allow the public to view this fine water works, along with a growing number of other steam powered engines that have come from other local sites. These include the Linby Colliery Winding Engine and the Stanton Triple Expansion Engine.
Other Waterworks in the Nottinghamshire area only survive as preserved buildings without any of the original steam powered pumping equipment.
Landscaped Park Setting, Picnic Area, Play area for children
Steaming Days - Car parking area opposite the main gates.
Shop & Cafe - Sandwiches, cakes, hot sausage rolls & pasties, hot & cold drinks, Ice creams, etc.
Visit the underground reservoir by bus (extra charge)
See the working blacksmith in the forge and a local wood turner most steaming weekends.
Other activities and displays as available.
Static Sundays - Parking “On-site” at the top of the drive.
Light refreshments maybe available in the café
The station is open for viewing on Sunday afternoons and the Beam Engines are
"In Steam" on Bank Holiday weekends. See ‘Dates & Times’
Ride the Miniature Steam train, behind ‘Percy’, around the gardens on Steaming weekends
(Please note that Percy will not be available in the early part of 2015, it is at Chesterfield
undergoing major overhaul, “non steam” engines may be used instead)
Model boats & yachts sailing on the cooling pond most Sundays by Association members.
The Official information web site is at www.papplewickpumpingstation.org.uk
or contact the station. Tel 0115 963 2938.
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Private conducted tours
The Pumping Station may be opened for private conducted tours,
arrangements can be made for most days of the week, daytime or evenings.
Civil Wedding Ceremonies
The station has a license for the use of the site for Civil Wedding ceremonies.
Weddings can take place in the main Pump Engine room or rooms in the Superintendents House. .
Meeting Room Hire
The Superintendents Meeting Room is available for hire, as a self contained venue for
small groups and meetings, up to about 10 people. Level access, kitchen and toilets.
Link to photograph of the room.
Please contact the station for further details. Tel: 0115 963 2938
www.papplewickpumpingstation.org.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Revised: May 2015