Crossness Engines Trust

Crossness Engines Trust

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Crossness Engines Trust

In the early nineteenth century, London's water supply and the Thames were heavily polluted with sewage. This resulted in several cholera outbreaks during which up to 20,000 people died annually. In 1858, Parliament instructed the newly formed Metropolitan Board of Works to remedy this situation.

Joseph Bazalgette, the then Engineer of the MBW, was charged with finding a solution to these problems. He built 85 miles of new sewers which intercepted the many smaller sewers that ran into the Thames, and took the effluent to the East of London where it was discharged into the Thames and flowed out to sea.

We are restoring and maintaining the Grade1 & 2 Listed buildings, the engines, the site and collections of artefacts at Crossness, in order to preserve and interpret a unique part of London’s industrial heritage.

Founded 1985

  • Restoration of Victoria

    We have already restored Prince Consort, one of our four steam powered beam engines, we no... More