Coleham Pumping Station

Coleham Pumping Station
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The Pumping Station, resembling a Victorian Chapel in style, was built in 1900 to house two massive steam-driven beam engines. The beam engines were built by Renshaws of Stoke to pump sewage as part of Shrewsbury's new sewerage system. The coal-fired pumps were used until 1970.

Ownership of the building and pumps was transferred to Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council in 1974. Shrewsbury Steam Trust was founded in 1992 to restore the steam engines. One boiler was commissioned in 2002 and the second in 2004. 'Steam-up' is now a regular feature of Open Days.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Open Days for 2015
Beam engines will be operating and extra attractions present on all open days.
Doors open at 10.00 and the building closes at 16.00.

Sunday 12th April
Sunday 17th May
Sunday 14th June
Saturday 12th September
Sunday 13th September
Sunday 25th October

Admission charges

Adults £2.50
Child £1.00
OAP £1.50
Family £5.00

Collection details

Land Transport, Science and Technology, Social History

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Pumping Station at Coleham, Shrewsbury

Coleham Pumping Station Open Days

  • 12 — 13 September 2015 10am-4pm

The Pumping Station was opened in 1899 to pump sewage and operated until 1970. Restoration by volunteers began in 1970 and the Pumping Station opens to visitors on selected dates during the year. The station is operated by Shrewsbury Steam Trust on behalf of Shropshire Council.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission free for Heritage Open Days, donations are appreciated.


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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Coleham Pumping Station Steaming

  • 12 — 13 September 2015

Coleham Pumping Station, Shrewsbury's original sewage pumping station, was opened in 1899 in order to clean up the town's river – the first environmental initiative! We are proud to announce that the boiler has passed its test for the 115th time! The station is rated by English Heritage as one of the finest and most complete examples of its type in the UK.

Two massive steam-powered beam engines drive 16 ft flywheels and 4 pumps, silently and smoothly. Children enjoy helping to start the engines, and stoke the boiler: it is a truly interesting and instructive museum piece. Also on show are other live steam-powered machines, stationary engines, and usually model railway layouts or similar exhibits.

The Pumping Station is operated on behalf of Shrewsbury Museum Service by volunteer members of Shrewsbury Steam Trust, who started renovation in 1990, after the station had been decommissioned for 20 years. The station is mainly funded by voluntary contributions.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Coleham Pumping Station
Longden Coleham




01743 361196

Group bookings

01743 281205

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