Papplewick Pumping Station

pumpPapplewick was designed by the engineer Marriot Ogle Tarbotton for the Nottingham Corporation Waterworks Company. Between 1885 and 1969 Papplewick Pumping Station provided a supply of fresh water for Nottingham. The water was lifted by two James Watt beam engines from wells over 200 feet deep.

Because of its ornate decoration and spectacular architectural design, Papplewick is now widely regarded as Britain’s finest and most complete Victorian fresh water Pumping Station. It is still able to raise steam with its original boilers and operate the original James Watt engines. The Station can be seen in operation on steaming days.

A community led initiative ensured that the Station has been preserved and the Papplewick Pumping Station Trust was formed in 1974. An independent charity, the Trust’s main aims and objectives are to maintain the Station for future generations and to educate the community about its history, and the global importance of fresh water and the need to sustain it for future generations. To that end, the Trustees established the Water Education Trust (WET) in 2007.

More information

Video introduction to Papplewick

This video introduction was produced by Built Vision.

Papplewick Pumping Station- Grade II* from BuiltVision Films on Vimeo.


University of Nottingham

School of Education, Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 1BB



Ashley Smart, Museum Director

Pat Thomson, University of Nottingham



Zircon - This is a contributing Drupal Theme
Design by WeebPal.