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Default Abbey Mills Pumping Station, London 11/2010 - 21-03-2011, 18:52

It's been a while since I posted some reports, so thought I'd get a few up.

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You wouldn’t expect to find this place where it is, in the middle of a fairly built up part of London. We recce’d the site on Saturday night, and we could hear through one of the giant ornate doors that one or more of the pumps were running.

The hugely detailed building, nicknamed the ‘Cathedral Of Sewage’, was built between 1865 and 1868, with an elaborate Byzantine style. The station was originally fitted with steam powered pumps, but now uses electric motors, which were first installed in 1933. Abbey Mills (‘Station A’) is still live, and is used as a backup for the new pumping station situated on the same site, ‘Station F’.

North of the Thames, London has 5 ‘interceptor sewers’ – one high level, two middle level, and two low level sewers. The high and middle level sewers flow into the Northern Outfall Sewer, and the low level sewers flow to Abbey Mills. the station's pumps lift sewage from the two low level sewers, are raises it 40 feet (12.2 m) into the Northern Outfall Sewer, to join the flows from the High and Middle Level sewers.

Top level gantries

Upper level

Ground level

Underground levels

What an amazing and unexpected place!

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Default 21-03-2011, 20:37

Quality stuff, is this place completely not used anymore then?

smoke me a kipper ill be back for breakfast
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Default 21-03-2011, 20:54

It's used as a reserve station - there's a new primary one built next door to it.

On our recce there was machinery running you could hear it through the doors, and all the control panels were live
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Default 22-03-2011, 11:01

if i lived near london this would very much be on my to do list
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Default 25-03-2011, 12:20

very nicely captured mate

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Default 25-03-2011, 19:37

Beautiful building with stunning shots to compliment it

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Default 25-03-2011, 22:21

Victorian engineering at it's finest.

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