The pump house, containing a very interesting and rare Tangye pump engine, is located at St Brides Haven (SA62 3AJ), close to St Bridget’s Church. It is owned by the National Park Authority and was renovated by the Friends and National Park staff during 2000-2001. The pump house is still maintained by the Friends and the Tangye engine has been restored to working order with demonstrations of the pump periodically organised in the summer by a member of the Friends.
2018 saw the pump and engine brought back on line following a two year gap in operations. In addition to some repairs to the engine, the engine room has been re-organised and fitted with shelves for tools etc., and the suction pipes for the pump have been restored to their original layout, giving an authenticity to the display. The floor of the information room has been refurbished, and further works, exterior and interior, are planned for 2019, including display lighting for the pumproom. A grant from Valero, together with recent legacies to the Friends, has provided a substantial part of the money needed to allow refurbishment work to proceed.
The building is open every day and contains information panels about the pump house, the history of the Kensington Estate and the National Park.
Between 2pm and 4pm on the following days:
For further information about demonstrations, contact Chris Taylor 01646 600225.
Photographs on this page copyright Ian Chambers