Unfortunately we are unable to operate the pump on the 14th of October due to adverse river conditions caused by yesterday’s heavy rain. The pumping station will be open to visitors as usual.
The Claverton Pumping Station is a rare surviving example of the technology of the Georgian Regency period. The pump started work in 1813, the year Pride and Prejudice was published.
The pump uses the power of the River Avon to drive a massive waterwheel, this then lifts water up 48ft into the Kennet and Avon Canal. Burning no fuel and making no waste it is the ultimate in environmentally friendly technology.
The Grade I listed pumping station is operated as a museum by volunteers. When visiting the pumping station, it feels like you have been transported back in time, to the start of the industrial revolution. For more information please see our Open days.