Crofton Beam Engines, Marlborough

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Situated in the Wiltshire countryside 6 miles from the picturesque market town of Marlborough, this Grade 1 listed building houses two magnificent Cornish beam engines, one of which (the 1812 Boulton and Watt) is the oldest working beam engine in the world still in its original engine house and capable of actually doing the job for which it was installed.

The fantastic Engineman's Rest Cafe is a splendid place to enjoy light lunches, home made cakes, and ice creams, alongside a selection of canal souvenirs in the shop.
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  • Saturday 27 January 18, whilst mooching around Wiltshire, my husband and I came across and went to look at The Crofton Beam Engines & Museum. The museum itself was closed, but we were able to view the...  more »
  • A lesson in industrial history, and the ingenuity of engineers. This engine kept the canal topped up with water drawing the water from a nearby pond.  more »
  • We spotted the brown sign while on the A4 between Hungerford and Marlborough.The detour was worth it! The pumping station is on the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal in picturesque surroundings.The b...  more »
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  • Only 50p for the car park. Interesting informative and a jolly good visit. Walk down the canal enjoy the lovely views and countryside. Tea room that serves up fresh food and proper tea in pots. The boiler is fired up for regular exhibitions. Staffed by passionate volunteers that are more than happy to spend time to explain the engines. Not for the very young but fun for school age and beyond.
  • Nice family day out supporting a worthwhile charity. Volunteers very friendly and helpful. Food good but takes a while. BBQ catering was a bit disorganised though.
  • Lovely to see it in steam and working as it was intended. Very educational. Helpful volunteers.
  • Interesting engineering/industrial archaeology
  • Very interesting. Lovely helpfull staff.

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