Crofton Beam Engines, Marlborough

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#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Marlborough
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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  • Chanced upon this place, a few miles off the A4, bit tucked away - but what a gem..! Fascinating and impressive 200 year old pumping station, original engineering ... that is still working on their st...  more »
  • Learn how Crofton Beam Engine keeps the Kennet and Avon Canal supplied with water. A fun and interesting few hours for all the family!  more »
  • The Engineman's Rest Cafe at Crofton Beam Engines serves a great selection of food from its small kitchen. A varied menu and helpful staff complement a visit to this historic site.  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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