Web
Analytics
Report - - Hydroelectric Power Station and Pumping Station, Reading | Industrial Sites | 28DaysLater.co.uk

Report - Hydroelectric Power Station and Pumping Station, Reading


Dragon_Urbex

Dragon Temper
28DL Full Member
So, yesterday (Sunday, 2nd of February), I met up with a friend of mine and we went exploring. We tried a few places but only had success at two: first was the old Environment Agency lab site near Fobney Island Nature Reserve (utterly trashed, wouldn't recommend it now... waste of time! But did explore it back in 2017 when it was in much better condition:
) and then quite by chance, we saw that an old unused and derelict pumping station building was accesible. There was another person inside it doing sound recording but he'd just finished so we had a look around. As far as I know, the building was built in 1872 by the Reading Waterworks. Really interesting building! There were three vertical turbine shafts, indicating this place generated electricity as well as pumping water. Enjoy the photos!



DSC_0705.JPG


DSC_0706.JPG


DSC_0708.JPG


DSC_0710.JPG


DSC_0712.JPG


DSC_0715.JPG


DSC_0718.JPG


DSC_0720.JPG


DSC_0722.JPG


DSC_0723.JPG


DSC_0728.JPG


DSC_0729.JPG


DSC_0730.JPG


DSC_0731.JPG


DSC_0732.JPG
 

Dragon_Urbex

Dragon Temper
28DL Full Member
An old water powered turbine house which used to be part of Thames Water's water treatment works which still operates on a large site nearby. Not too clear in this shot but the thing looking like a black and white square in the middle here is a weir for the water that used to run the pumps.
Securely boarded up and locked, the building hasn't yet fallen into advanced dereliction. The roof looks to have been repaired recently.
Thought you said it wasn't abandoned and was still in use...? :)
 

Yorrick

A fellow of infinite jest
Regular User
now open for the metal thieves
Did you consider that it might have been opened by the metal thieves?
An old water powered turbine house which used to be part of Thames Water's water treatment works which still operates on a large site nearby. Not too clear in this shot but the thing looking like a black and white square in the middle here is a weir for the water that used to run the pumps.
Securely boarded up and locked, the building hasn't yet fallen into advanced dereliction. The roof looks to have been repaired recently.
Yeah, I too read that on someone's random Geograph photo...with no citation or backup anywhere. I've got to say it seems pretty unlikely.
Nah, the turbines were set about 5 feet in front of those blue things
Did you not get any photos of them?
 

Speed

Got Epic?
Regular User
Its either going to be pumps or turbines. You dont pump into or out of turbines so considering it says pumps on the panel I'd suggest that's what it is. Looks like the pump motors have gone (would have been where the scaffold is) the pumps are/would have been below.
 

urbanchemist

28DL Regular User
Regular User
Looks like a water turbine powered pumping station to me - someone should have a look at the turbines if they are still there under the floor.

edit: there's another one in the riverside museum in town which might make an interesting comparison.
 
Last edited:

Dragon_Urbex

Dragon Temper
28DL Full Member
Did you consider that it might have been opened by the metal thieves?

Yeah, I too read that on someone's random Geograph photo...with no citation or backup anywhere. I've got to say it seems pretty unlikely.

Did you not get any photos of them?
Not really much point to be honest. The pits were filled with water right to the top so I couldn't see anything down below.
 

Yorrick

A fellow of infinite jest
Regular User
Not really much point to be honest. The pits were filled with water right to the top so I couldn't see anything down below.
Fair enough. That makes sense of the sluice mechanism too. Didn't twig that last night.
 

Dragon_Urbex

Dragon Temper
28DL Full Member
Fair enough. That makes sense of the sluice mechanism too. Didn't twig that last night.
Yep. It would have been possible to actually open those sluices with a windlass used to operate lock gates - I was visiting my parents for the weekend from uni and they live on a boat. We've been through the lock by the site loads of times.
 

Top