Museum of Power

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The Museum of Power is located in the former Southend Waterworks Langford Pumping Station in Langford, Essex, England.[1] It is located on the B1019, on the main road from Maldon to Hatfield Peverel. The museum operates a miniature railway, which offers passenger rides around the museum, and hosts major events such as the "Old Tyme Rally" which sees a large array of visiting vintage cars and lorries on display.


Langford Pumping Station was built by T and C Hawksley in 1927, and opened in 1929. It continued pumping fresh (treated) water using steam engines until 1963, when electric pumps took over. It is designed to extract water from the Rivers Chelmer, Ter and Blackwater. The three inflows merge in a small settling reservoir, where sediment is naturally deposited, and then pumped for treatment, and again to a storage reservoir.[1] Two of the three engines and the boilers and coaling plant were scrapped in 1964, and the octagonal chimney was demolished.

One engine and pump set has been preserved. The engine, built by the Lilleshall Company of Oakengates in Shropshire, is a triple-expansion steam engine built in 1927 and numbered 282.[1]

The pump house buildings and the remaining engine were declared Scheduled Ancient Monuments in 1986.[2]


Steam Pumping Station, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6QA

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Coordinates: 51°45′03″N 0°39′18″E / 51.7509°N 0.6549°E / 51.7509; 0.6549