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Our Crofton Story
Crofton Pumping Station is owned by the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust. The station has been restored and operated over the past half a century by our incredible volunteers.
Crofton receives no government funding
Crofton now needs more work than our volunteers alone can provide. The total cost is around £750,000. We are working on a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support. We also need to secure around £150,000 from other sources to secure Crofton for future generations.
We hope you will agree that Crofton is a special place and well worth looking after for future generations.
A word from our patron, Phil Harding of
“I’ve known Crofton all my life and still enjoy visiting this special place. Crofton is important both as part of Wiltshire’s social history and internationally as a working steam pumping station.”
Please can you help ?
We need to raise around a further £150,000 to complete our project. Any amount helps us reach our target. Please use the enclosed slip to send us your donation, remembering to provide the details we need to claim gift aid on your donation if you are a UK tax payer. We promise to use your donation well.
Kennet and Avon Canal Trust
Crofton Beam Engines
Our Plans for
New interpretation will explain Crofton and its people. New activities will encourage more visitors and volunteers to enjoy this special place. We will:
We need around £750,000
We have committed £75,000 of our own reserves to this work. Our volunteers will complete work worth more than £80,000.
Please can you help?
The Crofton volunteers
Crofton is Grade 1 listed, built in 1807-9 to supply water for the K&A Canal. It is considered of ‘prime evidential value’ by Historic England.
Of the two Cornish cycle Beam Engines, both restored to worki
Crofton’s reason for existence is the 87 mile long K&A Canal, which links London and Bristol. The Pumping Station was designed to raise water 40 feet from springs of water in the chalk to the summit level of the canal. Key to the success of the canal was, and is, water supply. The canal reservoir, Wilton Water, still supplies the engines and the canal. After 1950, the canal became derelict, and its resurrection from the was a triumph of the volunteer movement.