London Museum of Water & Steam


London Museum of Water & Steam

The museum telling the story of Londons water supply.

Location: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford

Description: This little museum near Brentford tells the story of Londons water supply and the amazing pumping engines that powered that supplied to West London.

The site was initially opened in 1838 by the Grand Junction Water Works (GJWW) Company in their quest to find cleaner water. By 1900, Kew Bridge Waterworks was part of a major water supply operation in London.

It employed more than 80 employees at the start of the 20th century and some of the old houses at Kew Bridge were owned by the Grand Junction Water Works Company and rented out to staff and their families.

Today the London Museum of Water & Steam is an independent museum founded in 1975 and formerly known as the Kew Bridge Steam Museum.

It is the home of the world's largest collection of working Cornish engines, including the Grand Junction 90 inch, the largest of its kind in the world. The museum also operates an 1860 Shand Mason Fire Engine on selected event days.

The museum has been a filming location for episodes of TV serials including EastEnders, The Bill and Doctor Who.

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London Museum of Water & Steam

The museum telling the story of Londons water supply.

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