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Papplewick Pumping Station added to Historic England’s ‘at risk’ register

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It’s been revealed that Papplewick Pumping Station has now been added to Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.

The heritage watchdog said parts of the Victorian site, near Ravenshead, have suffered ‘age-related deterioration’.

The attraction is one of 28 East Midlands sites added to the 2022 register which was published today (10).

£9,450 has been awarded by Historic England to assess what repairs are needed.

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The historic watchdog said it was concerned about the condition of the pumping station’s boiler house’s chimney, the engine house porch and boundary walls.

The Grade II* listed pumping station was built in 1882 and is the only one in England to have retained all its original features, including machinery, and the reservoir.

It was decommissioned in 1969 and is now a scheduled monument and park and garden, museum and wedding venue owned by Severn Trent Water and managed by the Papplewick Pumping Station Trust.

Museum director Ashley Smart told BBC News that the trust carried out maintenance throughout the year but there were areas in need of repair by specialists.

“We do as much as we can, but there comes a point with buildings, such as the engine house porch and the chimney, where you need to call in specialists,” he said.

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“The trust does not have the finances to cover the significant financial costs involved and so we welcome the pumping station going on the Heritage at Risk Register as it flags up the needs of this magnificent building.”

The pumping station is one of 28 sites across the East Midlands added to Historic England’s at risk register this year.

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