London Museum of Water & Steam

A short walk from Kew Bridge station brought us to the former Kew Bridge Waterworks that now houses the London Museum of Water & Steam.



The Kew Bridge Works started supplying water to London in 1838, when the Grand Junction Water Works Company moved its operations to Kew Bridge from Chelsea. The beam engines ceased operation in 1944 following the replacement of the steam plant by diesel and electric powered pumps.

The museum tells the story of London’s water supply. The exhibition includes the world’s largest collection of stationary steam pumping engines, plus a narrow-gauge steam locomotive.

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