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Thursday, 11 July 2019
Abbey Mills Pumping Station
1868 by a team led by Joseph Bazalgette,
creator of a sewage network for
central London which was instrumental in relieving the city from cholera
epidemics, while beginning the cleansing of the Thames, the original ABBEY
MILLS PUMPING STATION is a Grade II* listed building. It was decommissioned
in favour of a modern station just adjacent to it but the original is an
architectural delight. Two large chimneys ceased to be used in 1933 but were
demolished in WW2 because of the very real threat of bomb damage. The building
is a ‘cathedral to sewage’ (or the Cistern Chapel?) in an Italianate Victorian
The Abbey Mills Pumping Station. Completed 1868
Although the main engineer was Bazalgette, the architect Charles Driver was responsible for the use
of the elaborate iron-work internally, thus raising the use of iron above mere
utility. The fabulous interior has frequently been used for filming
most notably for some of the Batman Films.