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Report - Dalton Pumping Station, County Durham, September 2011

catbalou

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Dalton Pumping Station is a Victorian Gothic building in the village of Cold Hesledon, County Durham. It was designed by Thomas Hawksley, for the Sunderland and South Shields Water company and built in 1873.

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The engine house contains a pair of 72" single-acting non-rotative Cornish beam engines by Davy Bros of Sheffield, dating from the 1870s when the complex was built. (Pumping engines of this period were more often of a double-acting rotative design (as seen at nearby Ryhope); the use of Cornish engines here seems to be due to the great depth of the well - some 450 feet.) The site suffered for many years from subsidence due to nearby mine workings; this in part led to the engines being decommissioned in the 1940s, and to the demolition in the 1960s of the striking campanile-like top section of the central tower/chimney.​


The Station as it used to look with chimney intact

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And now, after the demolition of the central chimney

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The newer addition of the inter-war south engine house. This is currently still in use.

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The engine house still contains the pumping equipment, although non-operational.

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Views from the roof

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