Old Cheddar's Lane pumping station - Cambridge

The pumping station was built in 1894 to house two Hathorn Davey steam engines and pumps to pump the town's sewage to the treatment works two miles away. Household rubbish was burned as boiler fuel to raise the steam to drive the engines. The site ran under steam, gas and electricity before closing in 1968. It is now the Cambridge Museum of Technology. In 2016 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant towards the further development of the Museum. Historic England is currently grant aiding the first stage of internal repairs; further work will be needed in the future.

Old Cheddar's Lane pumping station - Cambridge
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Old Cheddar's Lane pumping station
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1006896
  • Local Planning Authority: Cambridge
  • Site Type: Industrial > Water regulation installation


  • Building Name: Old Cheddar's Lane pumping station
  • County: Cambridgeshire
  • District / Borough: Cambridge
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Cambridge
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Fair
  • Occupancy / Use: Occupied/in use
  • Priority: B - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Previous Priority: B
  • Ownership: Charity (heritage)
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument, CA