Pumping by Gas Engine: the Shad Thames Pumping Station
U-Matic video cassette unknown Sound 1982 7:46
Summary: Film about the gas engines at Shad Thames which since 1906 have operated the water pumping station for the London sewerage system.
Title number: 3391
LSA ID: LSA/4443
Description: Film about the gas engines at Shad Thames which since 1906 have operated the water pumping station for the London sewerage system. Copyright National Grid Archive, Warrington
Credits: Geoff Meade (Presenter)
Cast: Dr Robert Carr, Industrial archaeologist; Jack Ormiston, Thames Water Authority.
Further information: "Shad Thames Pumping Station stands on the north-west side of Maguire Street, Bermondsey, London SE1. One of several stations built to pump excess storm sewage into the Thames, it is of interest in retaining the original gas engines." A report about the Shad Thames pumping station by Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society (GLIAS) can be found at http://www.glias.org.uk/glias/shad-thames-pumping-station.html; the report followed a GLIAS recording visit in June 1980 and was first published as a supplement to GLIAS Newsletter 71, December 1980.
Anson Engine Museum in Cheshire seems to have the Campbell Gas Engine on display (sources: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1826938, http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/File:Anson01.jpg).
Keywords: Rivers; Engineering; Sewers
Stephen Green wrote on April 26, 2021:At the time when these engines were removed only one company stepped in and saved one engine. Some 10 years…At the time when these engines were removed only one company stepped in and saved one engine. Some 10 years later they had to dispose of it as its storage was costinv them vast amounts of capital.
A young lad (me) stepped in and saved it for preservation. I still have it in my shed hete in Norfolk!
It is the only one now surviving as a complete example.
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M wrote on September 8, 2016:I wonder if you know what has happened to those gas engines? One of them was dumped outside the…I wonder if you know what has happened to those gas engines? One of them was dumped outside the Bow Gas Museum - and was still there when it closed. Do we know what happened to it? I think one of them is preserved somewhere, but not sure where.