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The Abbey Pumping Station Museum was previously a pumping station used to pump sewage to treatment works at Beaumont Leys, and was opened in 1891. The grand Victorian building, designed by Stockdale Harrison (city architect in 1890) and beautifully decorated beam engines were a cause of great civic pride. It continued pumping Leicester's sewage until 1964, and then underwent renovation. It opened as a museum in 1972. It is one of a number of historic pumping stations which have been preserved.

The four steam engines were built in Leicester by Gimson and Company and today are rare examples of Woolf compound rotative beam engines. At the time these engines were built they were considered an old-fashioned but very well-practised design, as many engine designers had turned their attention to horizontal and early vertical designs instead.
These engines are rated at 200 hp, at 12–19 rpm, of which they pumped 208,000 imperial gallons of sewage an hour (263 L/s).
All four engines have been restored back to working condition by a dedicated team of volunteers: the Leicester Museums Technology Association. It is the only engine house in the world where you can see four working examples of the same beam engine in one building.
Current projects in the engine house are the on-going maintenance of the latest restored engine, No.1 (restored over a period of 4 years by the volunteers).

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  • Copyright: marion morgan (jester5) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 66 N: 610] (2024)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2015-04-01
  • Categories: Arquitectura, Arte
  • Exposición: f/3.3, 1/8 segundos
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  • Date Submitted: 2015-04-05 10:17
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