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Claverton Pumping Station and its collection

Claverton Pumping Station

Claverton Pumping Station is a unique waterwheel powered beam engine built in 1813. This masterwork of Georgian engineering used the power of the River Avon to pump river water into the Kennet and Avon canal. The pump kept the canal navigable, providing an important transportation link from Bristol to London. The pump was in service from 1813 until 1952, pumping over 7,000 litres of water into the canal each minute. The Pump has been fully restored by volunteers and is still run regularly.

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Claverton Pumping Station
Claverton Pumping Station, Ferry Lane
BA2 7BH Claverton

Visitor information Claverton Pumping Station

Opening hours

The pump is open on the second Tuesday and the second Saturday of the month from April to October. The machinery will be running on the Saturday open day.

Our volunteers also regularly give tours on maintenance days. Maintenance days are mostly on Tuesdays and Saturdays Maintenance day tours may be limited due to maintenance activities and/or winter flooding.


0 – 16Free
Adults (Open day)£5.00
Adults (When machinery is running)£10.00



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Claverton Pumping Station, Ferry Lane, Claverton

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