over Kew as Steam Museum opens new garden
Kew Gardens! is the cry from the Kew Bridge
Steam Museum, as it announces the opening of a new garden in the grounds
of the old water pumping station. Due to open to the public on Thursday
23 June, the newly developed garden will treble the current seating capacity
allowing more people to enjoy pic-nics, or simply a place to sit and take
in the views
during their visit.
is located on what was originally part of
the sand washing complex when the site was still a working waterworks.
Museum volunteer and
passionate gardener, Margaret Porter, designed the garden, incorporating
the remains of the sand washers and adding a formal memorial garden, in
of volunteers and one of the museum trustees. The garden also has a wildflower
area and various outdoor sculptures including
the Hammersmith beam (all that remains of a Cornish beam engine built
in 1853 for the Grand Junction Waterworks Company's pumping station at
Hammersmith). The garden railings were designed and made by Shelley Thomas,
one of the resident blacksmiths, the design being inspired by the shape
and detailing of the Hammersmith beam.
school summer holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time
to come down and explore what the museum has on offer for family entertainment.
There's no excuse not to come down with free entry for children under
sixteen* and a great selection of free workshops and discovery sessions
lined up including; Victorian washday activities 9 August, plus a host
of historic characters inhabiting the museum at the
weekends; 18 & 19 June, 2 & 3 July, and every Wednesday in August;
3, 10, 17
and 24, as well as the Festival of Model Tramways on July 23 & 24.
The museum's horse-gin and waterwheel will also be in action on selected
afternoons, please contact the museum for more information.
Director of the Museum said: " We are thrilled at how beautiful the
garden is now looking. With summer just arriving, this couldn't have happened
at a better time for the museum.
Now our visitors have the option of bringing a pic-nic with them and enjoying
the surroundings or simply watching the steam railway doing its rounds
on a Sunday."
when the pumping station opened, water was pumped directly from the river
Thames at Kew Bridge. No attempt to clean the water was made until 1845,
when the first filter bed was constructed to the west of the site. Water
was filtered through sand, a process invented by
James Simpson, which trapped organisms and particles in the water as it
trickled down. After
time, the sand would need to be cleaned and, the new garden area, was
one of several places on the site where sand washers were placed. You
can find out more about how slow sand filtration works in the Water For
Life Gallery in the museum.
funders of the project are the Norlands Foundation and the Clegg family
as well as a number of individuals who have donated smaller sums of money
find the steam museum:
In Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex about 100 yards from the north
side of Kew Bridge under the tall Victorian tower. Nearest motorway M4
(turn off at junction 2 signposted to Kew Gardens and north/south circular
roads), down to Chiswick
roundabout, then pick up signs for Kew, Brentford and Hounslow. Turn right
at traffic lights before Kew Bridge. Click here
for a map.
Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays (engines in steam).Adults.£6 Concessions:
£5 Children (5-15 years) Free
Children under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by an adult
How to reach
the Museum by public transport: Buses: 65, 237, 267, 391. Main Line Trains:
Bridge (South West Trains from Waterloo via Clapham Junction). Gunnersbury
Line) then 237 or 267 bus. London Underground: Gunnersbury (District Line)
then 237 or 267
bus). South Ealing (Piccadilly Line) the 65 bus.
Telephone the museum: 020 8568 4757 Fax: 020 8569 9978 or visit
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