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Claymills Victorian Pumping Station

   
Address : Meadow Lane
Address : Stretton
Town/City : Burton on Trent
County : Staffordshire
Country : England
Post code : DE13 0DA
Phone : 01283 509929
Web Site :  www.claymills.org.uk

The Claymills Pumping Engines Trust was incorporated in 1993 as a non-profit-making body to promote and preserve for the benefit of the public the nineteenth century Claymills Pumping Station complex including all buildings, engines and equipment situate at Meadow Lane, Stretton, Burton on Trent.

 

 

staffs claymill2Trust History

Severn Trent Water put some information in the Stationary Engine Research Group newsletter and Dave Wombwell read this. He rang Severn Trent to see if he could join the preservation group and found out that he was the first to ring.
It was decided that he should get together a group with Severn Trent's blessing. A few calls to other members of the SERG got together the initial members of the group. Proposals were made to Severn Trent and an article in the SERG bulletin got some more members. They also circulated Burton Civic Soc., Derby Archaeological Soc. etc.
About 30 people were at the first meeting at Robert Morton Ltd. Derby Burton. They then formed a steering committee and had various negotiations with Severn Trent, Duval Brownhill and English Heritage.
The membership drive continued with a stand at Burton model engineering exhibition and talks were given to various local societies (at sometime the site became a grade II* listed building).
Severn Trent stated that certain work must be done before the group could go on site (boiler house roof repairs, asbestos removal and engine house roof & window repairs etc.) for safety reasons. There was a second meeting at Burton Heritage Brewery.

The site was handed over in September 1993 and the group formed a charitable trust to put the group on an official footing. From October 1993 there have been regular on site working parties.
Following lots of hard work, steam was at last raised again in boiler 5 during December 1998 and 'C' engine was first run again in May 2000. 'D' engine followed a year later.

In October 2013, the Trust agreed terms with Severn Trent Water and at the 20th anniversary celebration steaming, a 60 year lease was handed over.

 

staffs claymill3The picture to the right shows the sewage pump on C engine to the left and D engine to the right.
The air vessels are located between the two pumps.

 

C engine flyweel and crank. The flywheel is 24 feet in diameter and weighs 24 tons.

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Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

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