Victorian Pumping Stations

Author(s): Trevor Yorke (Author)


Victorian pumping stations are colourful cathedrals of utility. Their imposing and striking exteriors enclose a highly decorative cast-iron frame, built to encage mighty steam engines. They are glorious buildings which display the Victorians' architectural confidence and engineering skills. More than that, they represent a key part of the story of urban development and how our towns and cities were shaped in this period of ground-breaking invention and civic pride. In this illustrated guide, Trevor Yorke tells the story of Victorian pumping stations and explains why they were built in such a flamboyant manner. He describes their architectural features and shows how their mighty steam engines worked. This book also includes examples of their glorious interior decoration from pumping stations across the country and a list of those which are open to visitors.


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A guide to the industrial palaces built to house pumping machinery in Victorian England. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in the industry and architecture of the nineteenth century.

Trevor Yorke is a professional author and artist who has studied and written about all aspects of England's architectural heritage. He has produced over 30 illustrated books which introduce the reader to these fascinating historic gems and writes articles and reviews for various magazines. He lives in Staffordshire, UK.

A Brief History of Pumping Stations
The Building
The Steam Engine
The Decorative Parts
Water Works
Sewerage Works
Mines, Canals and Land Drainage
Further Reading
Paces to Visit

General Fields

  • : 9781784422684
  • : Shire Publications
  • : Shire Publications
  • : April 2018
  • : 210mm X 149mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Trevor Yorke (Author)
  • : Paperback
  • : 64