DETAILS of plans to celebrate 20 years since a piece of Burton’s history was restored to its former glory have been announced.
Claymills Pumping Station, in Meadow Lane, Stretton, will hold a steaming weekend on October 19 and 20 to mark the 20th anniversary since the Claymills Pumping Engines Trust came into being to ‘promote and preserve’ the 19th century attraction.
More than 500 people are expected to attend the popular heritage site to see fully operational 128-year-old industrial steam engines brought back to life by Claymills’ team of dedicated volunteers.
Chris Alan, chairman of the trust, said: ”The anniversary weekend is a testament to the generosity, ingenuity and hard work of the trust’s many supporters and volunteers.
“The site was practically derelict when the trust was formed in 1993 but gradually over 20 years, the engines, boilers, workshop, forge and dynamo house have been carefully restored, helping us win prestigious engineering and educational awards and attract thousands of visitors every year.
“Such achievements give us confidence that we can continue to develop as a significant heritage and educational attraction in the future.”
A ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 19 to mark the anniversary with guests including Burton MP Andrew Griffiths and Mayor of East Staffordshire Michael Rodgers.
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station originally opened in 1885 to improve public health in Burton.
Prior to that, waste flowed through open drains into the River Trent, causing Burton’s ‘Great Stink’ of 1858, as well as diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
It disposed of household waste, and handled industrial waste from the town’s famous breweries.
Today Claymills is thought to be Britain’s most complete example of a Victorian sewage pumping station, with four enormous beam engines, 26 other working steam engines, a steam driven Victorian workshop, five Lancashire boilers and the oldest working steam-driven dynamo in the country.