Abbey Mills Pumping Station

On the recommendation of Otto, I walked out to Joseph Bazalgette’s Abbey Mills Pumping Station by way of the Green Lane which stretches all the way from Victoria Park to Plaistow.

It’s quite a romantic walk, beginning across a bridge over the Hertford Union canal:-

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There are views across the wasteland towards Canary Wharf:-

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Then, past Stratford, the cathedral of sewage comes into view:-

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It’s a fine structure, with its polychromatic arched windows and spiky Russian lantern:-

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This is the modern equivalent, by Allies and Morrison:-

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And these are the workers’ cottages:-

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