Saturday, 24 August 2013

Crofton Pumping Station

The engines of Crofton Pumping Station were built nearly 200 years ago to supply water to the highest pont of the Kennet & Avon Canal. This is the stretch of water lying 1,25 km to the west which does not have a natural supply of water to keep it full. The nearest supply of water is the small lake on the far side of the canal, Wilton Water. Water flows from there into the canal, under the railway in a culvert and then to the Crofton pumps. The engines and pumps lift it 12 meter into a leat which then flows to the canal summit.
I had luck and met Richard, one of the volunteers working on the station. He walked around with me and explained everything - unfortunately I only understood a small part of it :) ... But I took loads of pics.

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