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Claymills Pumping Station is named as a 'top trip' in Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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VOLUNTEERS from a popular tourist attraction are celebrating after it was named as the top venue in the area.

The people who donate their time at Claymills Pumping Station, in Stretton, could not believe it when it was voted the best attraction in Burton on online site TripAdvisor.

The site was ranked the best out of 20 and has achieved 76 five out of five reviews from visitors.

This means that the venue, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the launch of the trust that oversees its upkeep, has been handed a 'Certificate of Excellence' for 2014.

Roy Barratt, from the Claymills Pumping Engines Trust, said: "We've been doing TripAdvisor for several years now and for many years we were number one of five.

"Lots of local attractions have now joined but we are still number one, but now number one of 20.

"We must be doing something right."

It is now 20 years since the Claymills Pumping Engines Trust came into being to 'promote and preserve' the 19th-century attraction, in Meadow Lane.

It opened in August 1885 and the station was instrumental in the sanitation of Burton during its brewing heyday, when waste from the breweries swamped the River Trent, alongside human waste, leading to disease.

The pumping station was designed by the eminent civil engineer James Mansergh, as part of a wider network of sewers.

It used steam power to pump the five million gallons of sewage produced by the town every day down to the newly built sewage plant in Egginton, near the site of the modern-day Toyota factory at Burnaston.

The pump, which was one of the largest in Britain, continued to run right up until 1971.

In 1993, a group of volunteers formed the Claymills Pumping Engines Trust and began restoration at the site after it was handed over by Severn Trent Water following safety work.

More information can be found at www.claymills.org.uk

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