This photo was taken at the last Crossness Sewage Works open day. I thought it only right to upload this to show some appreciation to the dedicated staff who have lovingly restored this Victorian pumping station to its former glory.
So a little bit of history:
It was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's urgently needed main sewerage system and officially opened in April 1865. It is a Grade 1 Listed Industrial Building constructed in the Romanesque style and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork to be found today. The plant itself was abandoned (still containing the original 4 single-beam engines) in the mid 1950's where is was left to decay. The Crossness Engines Trust, was set up in 1987 to restore the installation which represents a unique part of Britain's industrial heritage and an outstanding example of Victorian engineering. All the restoration work so far has been carried out entirely by an unpaid volunteer workforce.
I'm sure you will agree, its a pretty amazing building and in all honestly its scares me to think how "disposible" our modern architecture is compared with such victorian craftsmanship.
Thanks for looking and if you are interested just google for Crossness Trust.