Anson Engine Museum

Anson Engine Museum
Anson Road
SK12 1TD




01625 874426

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As seen on TV, this multi-award winning museum has a great deal to offer visitors.

On the site of the old Anson Colliery in Poynton, it is the result of Les Cawley and Geoff Challinor's years of hard work collecting and restoring engines. Opened to the public in 1989, the museum is open one weekend a month from Easter Sunday until end October (other times and days by arrangement for group visits).

Engines run every day the museum is open, please check if travelling long distances.

As well as the largest collection of gas and oil engines in Europe, the museum has an varying display of local history items such as photographs, maps, mementoes and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery.

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Opening hours

The museum is open one weekend a month from Easter Sunday (other times and days by arrangement for group visits) 10:00 - 17:00 until end October.

Engines run every day the museum is open, please check if travelling long distances.

Enthusiasts will be on hand to answer your questions and to tell you the history behind each of the engines.

Closed all other times except by prior arrangements for individual or group visits.

Admission charges

Museum Entry Fees
Adults £6.75
Senior Citizens: £6:25
Children 13 - 16: £2.50
Children under 12: free
Friends: free


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Small tearoom and shop available, free WiFi. Free car parking for visitors. Wheelchair and motorised scooter available for loan, please book in advance.

The main building houses a large collection of engines, maintained in running order ranging from early Crossley gas engines through to more modern diesels. Other buildings house specialist collections such as Gardner engines, Atmospheric engines, etc. The collection of over 200 engines covering the development of the internal combustion engine with examples of major developments.

The following are some of the prize exhibits on display:-
• Largest running example of Crossley Atmospheric gas engine
• Award Winning, original Gardner L series engine along with its EHHS plaque
• 200 engines varying in size from desktop to 63 tons!
• Unique collection of photographs, sales leaflets & slides from engine manufacturers
• Free film and video shows on engine development shown throughout summer

Additionally, the museum boasts an enviable collection of local history items from the Vernon estate and the local collieries.

Collection details


Key artists and exhibits

  • A large collection of internal combustion engines from early Crossley gas engines through to more modern diesels, specialising in local companies.
  • Gardner
  • National
  • Lister
  • Stott steam engine
  • Hornsby
  • Ruston
  • Mirrlees (MAN B&W)
  • Crossley Bros
  • Otto & Langen
  • Petter
  • Campbell
  • Robinson
  • Blackstone
  • Dudbridge
  • Furnival
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.
Geoff runs the Gardner 4t5 for visitors

Engines at Twilight

  • 16 May 2015 4-10pm

Engines running with talks on how they work and engine development through the years.

The scale model of Poynton c1900 showing all the collieries of the time will also be available to view.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly