The Anonymous Widower

The Cathedral of Sewage

Abbey Mills Pumping Station was built by Joseph Bazalgette to pump the sewage all the way to Beckton. It stands as a glorious monument by the side of the Greenway that leads across the Olympic Park.  Although, at present due to the works for CrossRail, you can’t actually get to the park directly along the Greenway.

It dominates the skyline and can be seen from West Ham station, looking more like a mosque than a cathedral of sewage.

There does appear to be some tidying up going on, but surely this impressive building should look its best for the Olympics.

April 1, 2011 - Posted by | Sport, Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. […] the Olympic Park will create a lot of sewage and to pump it into Joseph Bazalgette‘s Northern Outfall Sewer, an elegant pumping station has been designed, which depicts Bazalgette’s Abbey Mills Pumping Station. […]

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  2. […] and sewage works so we can be proud of them. Isn’t that what Joseph Bazalgette did with Abbey Mills? Obviously, we must also get the technology right, so the only things that emerge from the plant is […]

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