Thursday, May 26, 2011

Claverton Pumping Station Family Fun weekend

Picture by Bob Naylor©
This weekend (May 29th and 30th) not only will visitors to Claverton Pumping Station near Bath on the Kennet & Avon Canal see the amazing water driven pump in action — but there will also be a host of other activities to suit all ages.

There will be a canal artist at work and you will be able to:
  • learn to tie knots and lasso
  • learn about canal life and history
  • learn more about wildlife
  • learn how to build model railways
There will also be homemade cakes and refreshments to enjoy on the lawn as you take in the beautiful scenery.
Pictures by Bob Naylor©
Entrance fee: £5 for adults. Children under 16 are free if accompanied by an adult.
Open: 10am until 5pm (last admission 4:30pm)

Fact file:
John Rennie had the waterwheel powered pumping station built at Claverton to supply water to the Limpley Stoke valley length of the Kennet & Avon Canal. 

It was completed in 1813 and it operated continuously until 1952. It then lay derelict for 15 years until a group of enhusiasts restored the waterwheel, beam engines and pumps to full working order. 

It re-opened in 1978 and the Claverton Group continue to maintain and operate the Pumping Station.

The waterwheel and pumping machinery which are housed in a pump house built of Bath stone use the river's own power to pump water 48 feet up from the River Avon.

It burns no fuel and makes no waste — it is the ultimate in environmentally friendly technology.

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