The pumping station has experienced significant this year flooding (the 5th of April saw the 18th since October 2023!). A fallen tree had blocked the leat and must be removed before we can run the pump.

We will be open on the 9th and 13th of April (assuming no further floods). But we will not be running the pump on the 13th.

If you are able to, please consider donating to help us improve our flood resilience.

The Claverton Pumping Station is a rare surviving example of the technology of the Georgian Regency period. The pump started work in 1813, the year Pride and Prejudice was published.

The pump uses the power of the River Avon to drive a massive waterwheel, this then lifts water up 48ft into the Kennet and Avon Canal. Burning no fuel and making no waste it is the ultimate in environmentally friendly technology.

The Grade I listed pumping station is operated as a museum by volunteers. When visiting the pumping station, it feels like you have been transported back in time, to the start of the industrial revolution. For more information please see our Open days.

Claverton Pumping Station