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Report - Abbey Mills Pumping Station, London 11/2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Millhouse, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Millhouse

    Millhouse 28DL Regular User
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    Explored with Gone and Sho.

    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’.

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    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.


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    Upper level

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    Ground level

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    Underground levels

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    What an amazing and unexpected place!

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    Lovely stuff, It was a top place to visit.​
     
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    Quality report Millhouse, Love that last shot. A few of mine..

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    Without doubt one of the best places ive ever seen. So beautiful:rolleyes:
     
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