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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.

Winter Works Open Days
As Crofton begins its Winter Maintenance programme we will be allowing public access on selected days during the winter as advertised in the Events Diary on this page. Visitors will be able to talk to our volunteers and take a look behind the scenes of engineering at Crofton. Entry to the site on these days is free and teas and coffee will be available for a donation.

Works Manager for a Heritage Lottery Funded Project position available
The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust is seeking a part-time Works Manager, experienced and skilled at managing capital works projects within a heritage environment. The capital works section of the project will run from the start of the delivery phase (November 2017) until April 2018.
The full job description and application details are available here

Development Officer for a Heritage Lottery Funded Project position available
The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust is seeking a part-time Development Officer, experienced and skilled at delivering interpretation and interactive elements within a heritage environment, with a major volunteer involvement.
The full job description and application details are available here

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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.
  We look forward to seeing you for Easter 2018. However, the pay and display car park at Crofton is still open between 9.00am and 5.00pm every day. Please note that there is no access to the site or the canal while we are closed. Access to the canal can be gained by turning left or right on leaving the car park and following the road to either the Crofton Crossing Bridge or Sam Farmer Lock.

Opening times and prices are on this page…….

whatsOn All the information to plan your visit is here. Steaming events – also found in the Events Diary calendar – Refreshments at the Engineman’s Rest Cafe and other useful information including the accessibility of parts of the site…….
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.
There are some other good reasons to visit Crofton to be found under this Events tab. Here you will find some further ways to enjoy your Crofton experience with our special events.
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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