Tucked away near the river in Hereford’s old pumping station is the waterworks museum. A large and impressive collection of steam and other early pumping engines and all manner of items connected with the history of water supply, this is a museum that deserves more attention.
As well as housing the oldest working triple expansion engine in the UK, it document the history of water supply from early times to the present day, and houses an extensive library on the subject. The library is open to anyone for research purposes and contains over 600 volumes.
The grade II* listed building that houses the museum began life in 1856 as Broomy Hill pumping station, where expansion continued until 1906. In later years the steam engines were replaced by electric and fell into disuse. The museum trust was founded in 1974 and the buildings had extensive restoration works carried out in 2003, with a new visitor centre being erected in 2006.
The displays of working engines are extensive, with various working steam engines from around Herefordshire, as well as a number of hot air engines and early diesels. The museum is open every Tuesday, with engines in steam a couple of Sundays every month and holds various events throughout the year. The photos below were taken at the gala day, which includes vintage vehicle displays and the local brass band. More information and a calendar are available on the website.
Adjacent to the museum is the home of Hereford Model Engineers, There’s two running tracks and a small station, with open days generally the same ones as the Waterworks Museum. There’s also a model boating lake.
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