We’re currently experiencing mechanical issues with the Sir William Prescott engine. It’s looking unlikely we will have the engine in working order for our August steaming weekend. Please stay tuned for updates.

NEXT OPEN WEEKEND

21 & 22 AUGUST

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

We’re currently experiencing mechanical issues with the Sir William Prescott engine. It’s looking unlikely we will have the engine in working order for our August steaming weekend. Please stay tuned for updates.

NEXT OPEN WEEKEND

21 & 22 AUGUST 

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

The Harvey of Hayle Beam Engines (Hanworth Road Works)

The Hanworth Road Works was a water pumping station adjacent to the Kempton Park Works.

At Hanworth Road were three Cornish cycle beam engines installed by the East London Water Works Company in 1871.  They were built by Harveys of Hayle in Cornwall to the specifications of ELWW Chief Engineer Charles Greaves.

The installation comprised of three engines known simply as Nos. 1, 2 & 3. They pumped filtered water up an adjacent standpipe tower where the water then flowed by gravity along a nineteen mile, 36 inch water main to the Hornsey Wood Reservoir in Finsbury Park.  These engines normally ran in pairs with one engine on stand-by.  This enabled the works to pump eight million gallons of water per day for the supply to the East End of London. 

The engines were fed with saturated steam at 40 pounds per square inch from a bank of ten coal fired Cornish boilers made by Harveys of Hayle. Coal to feed the boilers was originally supplied by a standard gauge railway line which ran adjacent to the boiler house. 

The engines were commissioned in 1871 and ceased operating in 1934. They were briefly reconditioned during the Second World War but scrapped in 1947. 

Technical Details

Engine Nos. 1, 2 & 3
Duty Filtered Water to Finsbury Park
Commissioned 1871
Decommissioned 22 March 1934
Fate Scrapped in 1947
Engine Maker Harveys of Hayle, Cornwall
Designer Charles Greaves  (East London Water Works Company)
Engine Type Cornish Cycle Beam Engine
Height  Feet (Research ongoing)
Length  Feet (Research ongoing)
Weight  Tons (Research ongoing)
Normal Speed 7 Strokes Per Minute (Research ongoing)
Power 60 Foot Pound Per Bushel
Steam Pressure 40 PSI (Saturated)
Cylinder Dia.  84 Inch
Piston Stroke 11 Foot
Pump Single Acting Ram Plungers
Pump Diameters 36 Inch
Pump Stroke 9 Foot
Delivery Per Stroke 396 1/3 Gallons
Daily Pump Output (Each) 4 Million Gallons Per Day
Standpipe Head Pressure Foot Head (Research ongoing)