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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  • Lovely place, good food and drinks however the Archimedes Screw was disappointing - I travelled quite a long way to see it. Having said that the beam engine pistons were very impressive - it's been a while since I've seen ones so thick! Will definitely be coming again!
  • Great place to experience the ingenuity of Victorian engineering. Guided tours on non-steaming days but (apparently) you must go on one of the working days, usually at the end of each month; check website. Lots of renovation/extension work going on till at least August 2018 so some disruption.
  • Only been once in 2017.Am waiting for Easter weekend start of 2018 season. Plenty to see. Boiler. Beam engine. The cafe.Outside displays. Plus Avon/Kennett canal/lock and railway lines. Good size carpark.
  • Lots of work going on after they successfully got a HLF bid come through, but still a great place to go to, steaming weekends are a must during Bank Holidays and there is a fantastic cafe well worth visiting.
  • Just used the cafe but the coffee and tea were great and the freshly baked quiche lorainne soufflĂ© divine!
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