We are thrilled to be a part of the Canal and River Trusts Virtual Open Day!
This virtual experience brings you closer to the works that have been taking place since September 2022 along the Kennet & Avon Canal.
The works, costing £1.8 million, will see the 40-year-old pumps, pipes and electrics replaced with a modern, more efficient and reliable system.
I presume the pumps have something to do with the canals, but what, exactly? Do they fill the highest elevations? I would like to know the why details. I have read the entire website, but cannot find out.
Catherine Hutching says
Thank you for your comment and apologies you couldn’t find answers on our website. Crofton Beam Engines was built next to man made reservoir Wilton Water, the location of the nearest fresh water source to the summit of the Kennet and Avon Canal 3/4 mile west. The pumps lift water 40ft into the Leat, a mini canal or feeder channel that contours the canal for 3/4 mile to the highest point to replenish the water source. The electric pumps belonging to the Canal and River Trust were installed 40 years ago to do the work of the Station. These are in the middle of being replaced.