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The Great Stink and the Cathedral of Sewage
Tuesday 26 May 2020

Visit this architectural masterpiece, built in 1865, and recently magnificently restored.

The Crossness Pumping Station at Bexley in south-east London was designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, the civil engineer who designed and built the capital’s new sewage system. This unbelievable wonder includes 1100 miles of underground drains, 82 miles of brick-lined tunnels built of 318 million bricks and all built by hand. The magnificent tile work and wrought iron are the setting for the four largest rotary beam engines in the world, pumping six tons of sewage a minute. This is an engineering feat in a craftsman’s surround.

We will have a guided tour of the site including the history and some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today.

Schedule for the day:

10:30   Meet our guide at The Knights’ Templar, Chancery Lane. Coffee and biscuits (included) at a London pub with astonishing loos
11:00   Short walk and coach transfer followed by 60 minute cruise on Thames to Greenwich.
12:00   Coach to Thames Marshes and Cathedral of Sewage
13:00   Guided tour of Pumping Station & museum
16:00   Afternoon tea and biscuits (included) at Crossness
16:30   Coach trip back to Trumpington Park and Ride
18:30   Arrive at Trumpington Park and Ride.

Cost: £52.00 for day, including all the above. You must bring your own packed lunch.

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This visit is organised by The Arts Society South Cambs.