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The Abbey Mills Pumping Station, West Ham
Abbey Mills Pumping Station, Abbey Lane West Ham; circa 1868 as visited in June 2006
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Sir Joseph William Bazalgette was a Victorian civil engineer whom was involved in the creation of a sewage network to rid London of its waste, and thus reduce levels of cholera epidemics and the dumping of raw sewage directly into the River Thames.
About 1868, the Abbey Mills Pumping station was created to pump the waste from London through a network of sewers which can be seen clearly on the Baedekers 1900 map
The beautiful Victorian building has now been replaced with a modern counterpart, but is kept as a back up system by Thames Water who now own the buildings. There is no immediate access to the pumping station, but a good view can be had from the footpaths.
Whilst visiting London, you can see the buildings from the District Underground line. If travelling towards London, the old West ham Gas Works will appear on your left, and the Victorian pimping station is on your right.
Alternatively, if you fancy a [approx one mile] walk; either follow Abbey lane from Stratford going southwards, and pass through a modern industrial estate, until you see a wide footpath heading southwards.
Or, cross the Stratford High Street, and walk down the Blackwall approach a short way. If you get to Tescos [good for a cold drink & provisions], you have walked too far, walk through their car park, past the Three Mills House Mill (an attractive building), into a vast expanse of Lea Valley greenery, pass down alongside the Studio area that you are not allowed access to, down to the creek (the gas works are on the opposite side); turn left along a narrow but frequented footpath, and then left again onto a much wider pathway which passes close to the pumping station - you will get a good view through the metal fence.
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