Dogdyke Pumping Station

Dogdyke is a land drainage pumping station and if you get the chance to visit on your trip to Tattershall you will have to take a litle drive but we do have some questions for you to find the answers plus if you show your passport you will get a free mug of tea or coffee!

How and where was the depth of the drain measured?

What fuel did the boiler originally use and how was it delivered?

There are two flywheels, can you find them?

How is the diesel engine started?

A bit more information on the site for you to have a read of before you get there;

The 16 hp steam engine was built in 1856 to replace an existing wind driven pump to drain a large area of farmland between the rivers Bain and Witham. The engine, which runs in steam on all open days, is the original, beam-engine built by Bradley and Craven of Wakefield. It is the only surviving engine by this builder and is possibly the oldest steam-driven land drainage pumping set in the country that is still in steam and in its original position. It powers a 24 foot (7.3 m) diameter scoop wheel that once lifted water from the lower drain into the River Witham.

In 1940 a new building was erected next to the steam pump. This houses a Lincoln built 40 horse-power Ruston & Hornsby single cylinder diesel engine driving a 22 inch (55.9 cm) diameter Gwynnes centrifugal pump. This pump was replaced by electric pumps, on a different site, in 1979 but it is still used in an emergency.

In the Pump Attendant’s cottage there is a small museum and a refreshment room for teas and home-made cakes. The entrance and car parking are free but we welcome donations to help towards the running costs of the engines and site.

The site’s car park, buildings and toilet are all accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are baby changing facilities and dogs on leads are welcome.

Dogdyke pumping station is located near Bridge Farm, Tattershall, Lincolnshire, LN4 4JG(Please do not use this as a postal address). You will find us off the A153 Sleaford to Horncastle road and the entrance is on the right, immediately east of Tattershall Bridge. The site is well sign posted on open days and is reached down a farm track which isonly open on Steaming Days.

Important: During the pandemic we may be using a booking system to gain entry. For dates of our open days please visit our website

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