One of these days I’ll get around to visiting the Crossness Pumping Station.
Rumour has it, the reason Thamesmead can get a bit whiffy on a hot day with the wind in the wrong direction is the sewage works. The Crossness Pumping station is a Victorian building with some fantastic colourful ironwork, and it’s opened up every so often for people to visit and have a look – there’s a wealth of photos on the likes of Flickr.
Interestingly, it’s playing host to an event for steampunk enthusiasts in late September. It looks as though they’ve book it for the evening to run a private, ticketed event. It certainly brings variety to the region.