Westonzoyland Pumping Station

Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum
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Westonzoyland Pumping Station is one of Somerset's smallest and most isolated museums, housing a fascinating collection of stationary steam-powered engines including a restored and working 1861 Easton & Amos land drainage machine.
The original pumping house is a Grade 2* listed building, built in 1830 and still in need of restoration.
The museum holds steaming days every month during the tourist season, allowing visitors the rare chance to see these old machines working as they used to....with steam power.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open every Sunday all year, except where it falls at Christmas or Boxing Day.

In steam: Monthly between April-October and some Bank Holidays 13.00-17.00
In steam: New Year's Day 12 noon to 16.00.
For full details and special events please see www.wzlet.org

All other Sundays. Non-steam display, open 13.00-17.00

Closed: Mon-Sat

Admission charges

In-Steam Days:
Adults £6.00
OAP £5.00
Children £3.00
Family (2 adults + 4 children under age 16) £14

Non-steam days:
Admission is free but donations to Westonzoyland Engine Trust are gratefully received.

Getting there

Nearest train station is Bridgwater, 6 miles.
From M5 motorway, enter Bridgwater and
follow the A372 Langport Road into Westonzoyland village. At the corner shop, turn sharp right and follow the tourist signs via Lake Wall for about a mile and then turn left into Hoopers Lane. The museum entrance will be found on the right hand side in about quarter of a mile.

Additional info

Parking: For cars and a few Minibuses such as 12/16 seater types, but if bringing a large coach like a 52-seater, it is best to check first with a museum contact, to ensure that space is available..
Refreshments: available according to volunteer manpower.
Pre-booking service for groups: please contact us via website. Also open to schools but the museum has no comprehensive educational facilities.
Mail-order service: for books and dvds from the shop (often printed on demand).

Steam-powered pumps and engines from various industrial, agricultural and waterboard sites through the 19th and early 20th centuries; focusing mainly on Somerset. Some are the last survivors of their type, and many are in working order. Somerset land drainage history is represented by a fully-restored Easton and Amos water-pump, in situ in the original engine-house on the banks of the River Parrett.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Industry, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • James Easton
  • Easton and Amos
  • Easton and Johnson
  • Crossley
  • Lancashire boiler
  • Land drainage
  • Steam power
  • Somerset Levels
  • Wills
  • Bellis & Morcom
  • Culverwell
  • Simplex
  • Marshall Portable Boiler
  • Lister
  • 2' Narrow Gauge Railway
  • Evans
  • Tangye
  • Easton Johnson
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum, In Steam

  • 11 September 2016 12-5pm

The use of steam power on the Somerset Levels for land drainage began at Westonzoyland in 1830, when the first of eight pumping stations was built on the banks of the River Parrett. Discover how steam was used to power the 1861 Easton Amos land drainage machine and see it in action, together with our unique and varied collection of engines, winches, turbines and pumps. There is even a steam powered milk bottle washer. The Museum also features a 2' narrow gauge railway used for demonstrations and for transporting our timber fuel source to the 1938 Marshall portable steam generator. Other items of interest include a working Blacksmith's forge, Lister deep well pumps, small waterwheel and Lancashire boiler. The original buildings, comprising the engine house, cottage, forge and chimney are Grade II* listed and are open to viewing. Free Parking * Tea Room * Picnic Area * Book Sales

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/westonzoyland-pumping-station-museum-in-steam

Getting there

Nearest train station is Bridgwater, 6 miles.
From M5 motorway, enter Bridgwater and
follow the A372 Langport Road into Westonzoyland village. At the corner shop, turn sharp right and follow the tourist signs via Lake Wall for about a mile and then turn left into Hoopers Lane. The museum entrance will be found on the right hand side in about quarter of a mile.

Westonzoyland Pumping Station
Museum
Hoopers Lane
Westonzoyland
nr Bridgwater
Somerset
TA7 0LS
England

Website

Events and open days

www.wzlet.org

Books for sale

www.wzlet.org/events&news.htm

www.wzlet.org/bookshop.htm

E-mail

steamteam@wzlet.org

Telephone

General enquiries and website

01278 691595

backup contact for general enquiries

01934 414325

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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