Abbey Pumping Station

abbey pumping station

Abbey Pumping Station is Leicester's museum of science and technology, displaying the city's industrial, technological and scientific heritage.

Opened in 1891, Abbey Pumping Station pumped Leicester's sewage to the treatment works at Beaumont Leys. The grand Victorian building and beautifully decorated beam engines were a cause of great civic pride, having built in the city by Gimsons. They are rare examples of Woolf compound rotative beam engines, and with all four beam engines now restored to working condition, they can be seen in steam on special event days – the only place in Britain this magnificent sight can be seen.

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