Cresswell Pumping Station, Draycott-in-the-Moors

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Description:Cresswell Pumping Station was built between 1927 and 1932 by the Staffordshire Potteries Waterworks . It was officially opened in July 1932 and contained a pair of steam engines which were amongst the last to have been installed in the country. They were triple-expansion vertical steam-engines, designed by Hathorn Davey & Co Ltd, Leeds. They were replaced by electric pumps in the 1970s. The station has since been re-modernised. A new borehole is due to be drilled summer 2020.

Mr Kenneth Talbot has kindly provided some additional information:
"In the 1950s a third borehole was sunk, which was electrically pumped. The steam engines were replaced by electric submersible pumps at the end of the 1970s and are still in use today. Work is currently on going to sink a fourth borehole. The only remnants of the steam engines are the gauge boards which are on display at Mill Meece Pumping Station. I was the site foreman from 1978 until 1984."

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Image courtesy of: Dr Anne Andrews

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