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.
More to follow ....
What I am now attempting to achieve is the coverage of an earlier London
street directory in 1832. This is unique, plus
images of the 1842 Robsons directory which confirm earlier entries and also
carry much more trade detail about a premises or person. Here is the index of streets in 1832, many with
1842 imagery added.
And next is the complete 1940 London street directory - this will take some months to complete, so bear with me!
London pub history directory.
London Street Listings in 1832.
London street listings in 1842
London Street Listings in 1818 - mainly A and B.
London public houses in 1833 Pigots.
Entire London Street Listing in 1843 - by surname.
London public houses in 1856.
London public houses in 1869.
London public houses in 1899
London 1921 Street directory in 1921
London 1940 Street directory 1940
London Pubs in 2018
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