Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Discover the story of your drinking water at Twyford Waterworks


Twyford Waterworks' Spring Rally is set to take place on Sunday 7th May 2017 as it looks to have yet another successful year.

The  Rally brings together exhibits ranging from large steam engines and vintage vehicles to working models and displays. Visitors will be able to view the old pumping machinery and discover how clean drinking water has been pumped from deep underground to their homes from the wells at Twyford for the past 117 years.

Currently booked in are the following types of exhibit: - Full sized steam traction engines and steam rollers - Vintage vehicles, classic cars, fire engines - Miniature steam railway - Stationery engines - Fairground organs

This is in addition to the Waterworks itself which contains: - Steam pumping engine and boilers (under restoration) - Working diesel pumping engines - Gas, petrol and water powered engines - Lime kilns and water softening works - Industrial narrow gauge railway - Wildlife walks and picnic sites - Tea room and gift shop - Large free car park

Twyford Waterworks is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the only complete Edwardian pumping station remaining in the country, retaining a full set of steam and diesel pumps, lime kilns and unique water softening works. Nestling in the Hampshire Downs the five acre site is a haven for wildlife with a nature trail and hide to bring visitors closer to our native species. The tea room serves light refreshments while a BBQ provides more substantial fare.

The Waterworks Trust is run entirely by volunteers as a registered charity and is nearing the completion of a £1m project to return the steam pumping engine and boilers back to working order. For more information please visit their website.

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