Hoopers Lane, Westonzoyland, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 0LS
The use of steam on the Somerset Levels for land drainage began at Westonzoyland in 1830, when the first of eight pumping stations was built on the banks of the River Parrett. Discover how steam was used to power the 1861 Easton Amos land drainage machine and see it in action, together with our unique and varied collection of engines, winches, turbines and pumps. There is even a steam powered milk bottle washer. The Museum also features a 2’ narrow gauge railway used for demonstrations and for transporting our timber fuel source to the 1938 Marshall portable steam generator. Other items of interest include a working Blacksmith’s forge, Lister deep well pump, small waterwheel and Lancashire boiler. The original buildings, comprising the engine house, cottage, forge and chimney are Grade II* listed and are open to viewing. Free Parking * Tea Room * Picnic Area * Book Sales Children's quiz available.
This event took place in September 2013 and the entry is now archived.
Level access to most areas including entrance, tea room, exhibition hall and around site generally but some steps in original pump house, which do not restrict viewing of the land drainage machine.
Westonzoyland Engine Trust
Date last modified: 6th June 2013 at 11:19