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Welcome to Crofton Beam Engines

Come and visit the oldest working steam engines in the world still performing the job they were built to do! There are two beam engines, one of which is an original 200-year-old Boulton & Watt. Both are fed by a hand-stoked, coal-fired Lancashire boiler. These are magnificent pieces of industrial archaeology appealing both to families and steam enthusiasts. The engine house is set in unspoiled Wiltshire countryside close to the old market town of Marlborough.

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Crofton Beam Engines will be displaying “Wiltshire at War Exhibition 4 – Keeping the Home Fires Burning” between 18th May and 25th June.  Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is part of the Wiltshire at War: Community Stories project. For more information, please see .
Wiltshire Museums have also organised for Emma Shelley to give a talk on The Role of Women in the First World War the afternoon of Thursday 25 May at 2.00 p.m. Details of the talk can be found here .  The talk will be free, but ticketed: for tickets, please email or tel. 01672 870300.
Afternoon tea will also be available at the Engineman’s Rest for £6.95 per person, tickets for this will be sold in advance at Crofton.
Visit the Crofton stand at The Wiltshire Steam & Vintage Rally
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map You can find us here. Crofton is 6 miles (10Km) from Marlborough and 3 miles from Great Bedwyn. Travel by foot, bicycle or car – there is a large car park – and just follow the brown “Beam Engines” tourism signs.
map If you have never visited Crofton Beam engines before then this video will give you an insight into the unique experience that awaits you.
whatsOn All the information to plan your visit is here. Opening times and steaming events – also found in the Events Diary calendar – along with accessibility of parts of the site…….
DoHistory There is a lot of industrial history in the Crofton story starting at a time when the canal system was the motorway of its time shipping goods from Bristol to London. From the first installation of a wooden beamed engine through to today. Read the history and development of this remarkable place…….
engines Inside the engine house there are two beam engines still working as a testimony to the quality of engineering of the past. The technology for these engines can be found here……..
learning If you are a teacher, find out about the resources we have on offer to help you with technological and social history. We can offer educational packages to schools, colleges and special interest groups. Please send us a message to see what we can offer…….
support Crofton is run by volunteers from all walks of life. Would you like to join us to help preserve this unique piece of history?
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