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Welcome to Crofton Beam Engines

Sorry, we are closed today. During October the Engine House and Engineman’s Rest are open with engines static on Sat & Sun 6&7th, 13&14th, 20&21st and Sat 27th October 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Some great events at Crofton Beam Engines:


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Tickets for this talk can be purchased through this link

Tickets for ‘The History of Christmas’ can be purchased from crofton.manager@katrust.org.uk or through Eventbrite at this link.

Website redevelopment project Crofton is inviting expressions of interest from companies that would like to be involved with the redevelopment of our web presence. The requirement is expressed in this document.

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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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.
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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Just in case you need a little help to get started, here is a ready made idea for those important first words......

STORY STARTER:
"One dark October night, the engine driver looked out of the window of Pumphouse Cottage. He had extinguished fires and closed up for the night and yet...yes...he could see a light glowing in the boiler house...He stepped outside to the scent of smoke rising from the chimney. Scared and confused, he cautiously made his way to the boiler house, and stepped inside....."
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