Despite the awful weather, heavy rain, strong wind and overcast skies 720 enthusiastic visitors attended the last steaming day of the year. People from as far away as Oregon , Holland (30 by coach) and the West Country, together with locals (did not know you were there) braved the conditions.The refreshments were well used and one person said that they would be prepared to suffer the M4, M25 and Thamesmead just for the Bread pudding!
A mini remote controlled helicopter equipped with a high resolution camera may be used to examine the gutters of the boiler house and to perform inspections that are difficult to achieve by eye.. This will save a great deal of time in preparing risk assessments needed to comply with health and safety requirements.
Not only the prospect of some fantastic, never before possible, photos and videos, but all the fabric of the building can be examined and viewed on the Trust’s computers.
A “green screen” has been obtained by our photographic experts which will enable, for a small fee, photos to be taken and superimposed onto any views of the premises. This will eliminate the problems of getting the perfect background for your unique photo.
Why not try it out on the next open day?
Progress is being made to prepare a display of toilet pans ,water waste preventers (cisterns) and commodes which have been in storage. This is the work of Ray Arnold who being an ex plumber just can’t leave toilets alone.
This should be up and running by the AGM.
If you’re visiting us by car for the first time you may find the following tips useful.
Don’t use our postcode in your GPS. It will send you to the Thames Water Entrance on the other side of the site. The best address to use is Belvedere Rd, London, SE2.
Belvedere Rd SE2 terminates at the Thames Water security gate which is about 560m south of Crossness. You pass through security and then follow the signs to Crossness.
Here’s a video of the journey from from the start of Harrow Manor Way in Abbey Wood.
We’ve put a bit of restoration work into the Digital Engines of Crossness so we can get more news, pictures and event descriptions to you in a variety of ways.
If you’re so inclined may we recommend our Twitter feed @crossnessET where you’ll get up to date snippets about events and the day to day happenings at Crossness.
Our Facebook page looks a little closer at the work carried out at Crossness and enables our volunteers, members and followers to share their experiences.
And now our new blogroll is installed you’ll get some great insight from the team who keep this place afloat.
Please give us your thoughts, comments and questions about the Pumping Station together with any suggestions or ideas you may have on how the visitor experience could be improved for the future.
We hope to be open to the public on a regular basis from the middle of next year so any input from you now would be invaluable in helping the Trust to get it right.
We look forward to hearing from you.