‘The Cathedral of Sewage’: Abbey Mills Pumping Station

Victorian illustration to download showing the interior of ‘the Cathedral of Sewage’, Abbey Mills Pumping Station, West Ham, an elaborately decorated building in the Byzantine style. It was built between 1865 and 1868, and designed by Joseph Bazalgette (1819-91), the civil engineer whose major achievement was a sewer network for central London. At Abbey Mills eight beam engines, powered by steam and totalling 1140 horse power, raised the sewage from an area of 25 square miles from low-level to high-level sewers. Today the building is Grade II* listed.