31st March 2019 Erith – Crossness Pumping station -Abbey Wood

A good number of us walked from Erith along an industrial part of the Thames to Crossness Pumping Station which was holding an open day marking the 200th anniversary of the birth Sir Joseph Bazalgette with the Prince Consort beam engine in steam.Its a fascinating Grade 1 listed building built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette for London’s sewage system opened in 1865 and featuring some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast iron work in the world.Sir Joseph Bazalgette made the single biggest contribution to the health of Victorian Londoners. Its because of his work that the Thames is now the cleanest metropolitan river in the world. The site at Crossness has been lovingly restored by a dedicated team of volunteers many of whom we met yesterday.
We spent a couple of hours there and it was well worth the queuing to get in. 
Some of the group then got the shuttle bus to Abbey Wood station and the rest of us walked along the Green Chain walk to the station .

Photos and text by Veronica Peck

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