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Thames Tunnel Pump House

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Site ID :- GTL00036
Key Words :- Thames Tunnel, Pumping House
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GTL03629,Thames Tunnel

Address :- Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London, Greater London, SE16 4LF
Grid Reference :- TQ 35238 79869
Grid Co-ordinates :- Easting 535238 m, Northing 179869 m
Lat & Long (WGS84) :- 51.501585 , -0.052981
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Administrative Area :- Southwark London Borough Council
Pre 1974 County :- Greater London Council
Site Status :- Listed - Grade II
Site Condition :- Site conserved and open to the public
Historic England List No - 1005556,
Site Era :-Industrial Revolution 1750-1850 to Modern Post 1950
Site Dates :- 1842 -
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Contributor :- GLIAS Database - 2 June 2018
Contributors Society :- Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society
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Record Status :- Reviewed
Reviewed By :- Andrew Turner - 29 April 2020

Description and History

Built c. 1842 to house Maudslay's steam pumping engines used for draining the Thames Tunnel workings. Modern electric pumps now used, located at bottom of Great Shaft, remains of which are beside Pump House. The single storey pump with its attached square chimney (built ca. 1825-28) was restored during the early 1980s. The metal top to the chimmey was re-constructed and placed in position in 1993 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the tunnel. The Pump house now houses a museum to the Brunels and the tunnel. Major exhibit was a J & G Rennie steam powered vertical pump moved from Chatham Dockyard in c. 1983. The Rennie Pump has now been dismantled and moved into storage in Kent.

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