Claverton Pumping Station

Claverton Pumping Station

Claverton Pumping station (c) Picture Courtesy of Roland Millward

Claverton Pumping Station is Water Powered Pumping House designed by Engineer John Rennie in 1810 for pumping Water from the River Avon to the Kennet & Avon Canal, it commenced operation in 1813.

It worked for over 100 years from 1813 to 1952.

It had to built due to a flight of six locks, when a boat passed through them, thousands of Gallons of Water were lost into the Avon. The Pumping Station replenished this supply, and was capable of lifting 100, 000 Gallons of Water from the Avon to K&A Canal 48 feet above every hour!

Originally it was operated independently until the Great Western Railway built their line right next the Station, it cut right between the Station and the canal.

When the GWR built the line, they bought the Canal and the Pumping Station. You can still see remnants of the GWR in the Station today, the very Great Western style Riveted steel beams that support the upper level.

The Station has the largest Water Wheel of it’s type in the world to power the pumps. It’s 24ft wide and 18ft in Diameter.

Power is transferred to a large pit wheel, which turns a small cog wheel that’s connected to a Fly Wheel, this moves the 18ft rods up and down, which rocks the 18ft Rocking Beams which drive the Pistons… Few, i’m tired after explaining all that… ;-)

The station is open to the public on a regular basis, although does not operate every opening day.

Opening times: Saturdays, Sundays & Wednesdays See website for more info http://www.claverton.org/

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