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Report - Abbey Mills Pumping Station (permission) - London Feb 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Camera Shy, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Camera Shy

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    I jumped at the chance to view the Catherdral of sewage after an invite from a non member, this place has been done Urbex stylee a few times back in the day but is like Fort Knox these days, so as a rare permission visit it was nice look look around every inch of this stunning building at our leisure, without being on edge and looking over your shoulder every minute made a nice change.

    Visited with a Happyshopper and number of non members.


    The original Abbey Mills Pumping Station, in London, is a sewage pumping station, designed by engineer Joseph Bazalgette, Edmund Cooper, and architect Charles Driver.
    It was built between 1865 and 1868. It was designed in a cruciform plan, with an elaborate Byzantine style, described as The Cathedral of Sewage.
    The pumping station was built at the site of an earlier watermill owned by the local Abbey, from which it gained its name.
    The pumps raised the sewage in the London sewerage system between the two Low Level Sewers and the Northern Outfall Sewer, which was built in the 1860s to carry the increasing amount of sewage produced in London away from the centre of the city.
    Two Moorish styled chimneys – unused since steam power had been replaced by electric motors in 1933 – were demolished in 1941, as it was feared that a bomb strike from German bombs might topple them on to the pumping station.
    The building still houses electric pumps to be used in reserve for the new facility next door.
    The main building is grade II listed and there are many grade II listed ancillary buildings, including the stumps of the demolished chimneys.


    A nice bright day and lots of windows meant lots of light, i've used a little very subtle Hdr on some to try and bring out the detail, hopefully not enough to offend those who hate it :)

    Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as i enjoyed looking around the place.


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    Cheers for looking :thumb
     
    #1 Camera Shy, Mar 5, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013

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