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Papplewick Pumping Station

Britain 's finest Victorian Water Works, it is the only one in the  Midlands to be preserved as a complete working water pumping station. It was built between 1882 and 1884 to supplement the water supply for the growing city of  Nottingham.


The Victorians designers and engineers spared no expense in constructing the buildings, with their elaborate brickwork, magnificently decorated ornamental columns, leaded - light windows, iron staircases etc. Craftsmanship that was only seen, in its working days, by the employees - the station not having being built for visitors or tourists!!


A preservation group took over the upkeep of the station in 1974 and  Papplewick was opened to allow the public a year later.

The Pumping Station is in a well landscaped Park Setting, with a Picnic Area.


Model boats, yachts and steam boats are sailed on the ornamental cooling pond (with fountain) on most Sundays by Association members.

There is a Shop with Café & toilets - open on Steaming Days

Miniature steam train rides round the gardens for the children on steaming weekends

Papplewick Pumping Station




The Station is an easy six miles journey by car and lies just to the North of Rise Park. It is well worth a visit – especially on one of their regular Steaming Days.


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Machinery & Engineering

The main building houses two massive beam engines, thought to be the last ones built by the famous firm of James Watt & Co.


These two 140 hp engines lifted water from the 200 foot deep well, dug into the sandstone layer, and pumped the water into the reservoir that supplied Nottingham.


These beams engines worked for 85 years and ceased regular operation in 1969, when they were replaced by electric pumps, thus saving the manpower required to stoke three of the 6  Lancashire boilers that feed steam to the two  engines.


The old Linby Colliery Winding Engine and the Stanton Triple Expansion Engine can also be found in an excellent state of preservation on the site

Car parking is opposite the main gates - Steaming days only.


Static Sundays - onsite parking

Link to own site

for more information & opening times

Steaming Days

The Pumping Station is generally open for viewing on Sunday afternoons and the engines are "In Steam" on Bank Holidays and some weekends


There is a small admission charge, and full details of this, and opening times, can be found on their own web site or by checking adverts in the local press.