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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.

This is a note to help visitors to Crofton for our Easter Steaming weekend travelling by car from the A4. The road to Great Bedwyn is closed due to works by Thames Water. From the East please use routes from Hungerford towards Burbage and at East Grafton follow the brown signs to Beam Engines. Or from the west, travel to Burbage and then take the road to East Grafton.

There is a new page on our website that is a blog detailing the huge amount of work being done to preserve Crofton for future generations. Take a look at SteamAndBeam

We have a vacancy for a Heritage Site Assistant. Please follow the link for further details and information on how to apply.
Can you help us? Please see to find out how.

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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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