Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum – Britain’s best kept industrial secret!

16 November 2011

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Did you know that the Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum Project is celebrating the heritage of British Transport?

Why? Because Waltham Forest is the home of the first all British Aviation flight, car, battery powered vehicle, the world’s first automatic underground railway, the builders of London’s buses, and can also boast many railway development firsts at Temple Mills and Stratford Railway Works.

Aeroplane in flight

The 2012 Olympic site complex being built for the games lies adjacent to the River Lea at Stratford and is about two miles from Low Hall, Walthamstow, and the home of the Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum Project.

The principal 1885-built building at the Museum’s heart and project, house a pair of unique listed Marshall C class horizontal stationary steam engines installed in 1897 to power the original pumps.  Fortunately, these were left in situ leading to the concept of an industrial museum being conceived. Also on show at the museum are a selection of buses, fire engines and railway vehicles, which include a 1967 Victoria Line car aviation model, displays and working line shafting.

Marshall Boiler at the Pumphouse

The museum is planning to build a new transport gallery to focus on these many untold stories.  It’s been a project in waiting for many years now, waiting for the right moment to burst into life.  The forthcoming London 2012 Olympic Games provides a golden opportunity to showcase to the the world, what is considered to be the largest industrial story in the world.  With over one hundred industrial firsts recorded to-date, and in some cases, world first achievements, it is the largest untold industrial story in the world – until now!

From Camberwell Green to Walthamstow and back

Come along and visit the museum to find out more about Britain’s Best Kept Industrial Secret of London’s Lea Valley and our plans to celebrate it.

For more information please visit their website Walthamstow Pump House Museum, contact Project Director, Lindsay Collier on 07930 662252 or email him at l.collier418@btinternet.com

Posted by Lindsay Collier, Project Director, Walthamstow Pump House Museum

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