Grand Victorian Hall of Crossness Engines Victorian Pumping Stations

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Also known as the ‘Cathedral in the Marsh’, Crossness Pumping Station in Abbey Wood is a Grade 1 Listed building built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette for London’s sewage system. Opened in 1865, it features a fully functional steam powered beam engine as well as some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today.​ It’s a superb testament to London’s pioneering sewage system, built in response to the worsening state of the city’s waterways and the ‘Great Stink’ of 1858. The museum includes over 400 artefacts, including a ‘Toilet Timeline’ tracing 5000 years of sanitary design and technology.

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  • Assistance dogs welcome


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  • Free Parking

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  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Public toilets

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  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The site is between 2 km (1.3 ml) and 2.7 km (1.7 ml) from Abbey Wood Station depending on the route you take. Click here for a video showing the easiest route

Crossness can be accessed via the Thames Path during Open Days.

Public Transport Directions

By Train - The closest railway station is Abbey Wood on the Southeastern network from Charing Cross, Waterloo and London Bridgeand the Elizabeth Line from Reading, Heathrow, Shenfield, Paddington, and Liverpool Street.

By Taxi - Taxis are  available from Abbeywood Station Minicabs close to Abbey Wood station in 18 Wilton Road. Book in advance on +44 (0)20 8311 1199.

Crossness Engines

Type:Historic Site

The Old Works, Thames Water S.T.W., Bazalgette Way, Abbey Wood, London, SE2 9AQ
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Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Crossness is only open on selected days, check the website calendar.

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