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    Welcome to Britain’s finest Victorian Waterworks

    Award winning family museum and unique wedding venue

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About Us

This beautiful place was designed in the early 1880s to pump millions of gallons of clean fresh water every day to the rapidly increasing population of Industrial Nottingham. Today, thanks to the endeavours of The Papplewick Pumping Station Trust, a Registered Charity dedicated to the preservation of the Pumping Station, and the enthusiasm of the volunteer members of the Papplewick Association you can still experience the most spectacular, preserved water Pumping Station in the British Isles.

Now protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the highest preservation order that can be bestowed upon a site in England, the Pumping Station holds regular steaming events throughout the year, wedding ceremonies and education visits enabling the Trust to continue the essential preservation of this important site for future generations.

Please feel free to offer your feedback, comments and criticisms on our feedback form. And feel free to visit our Facebook profile where we will announce forthcoming events as well. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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  • CANCELLED July (Steampunk weekend)
    11th/12th July 2020, 11 am-5 pm
  • August (Classic Motorcycles)
    30th/31st Aug 2020, 11 am-5 pm
  • September (Vintage weekend)
    19th/20th Sept 2020, 11 am-5 pm
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  • Help save Papplewick Pumping Station

    The spread of COVID-19 caused the pumping station to close in mid-March severing all income from visitor admissions and site hires until all restrictions on large group gatherings are removed; we fear that our next event may not be until Easter 2021. This threatens our future, as we receive no outside funding but face continuing overheads. Normally we are financially sound but this unforeseeable event has placed us in jeopardy. We are currently surviving on our limited reserves but we need your help to get through to next year and have set up a JustGiving page where you can make a donation. Anything you can give will be gratefully received and will ensure the survival of this important piece of industrial heritage. Thank you.

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