Inventor James Watt was honoured at a steam event at Crofton Pumping Station in Wiltshire at the weekend.

The local paper – the Gazette and Herald – features a report and pictures from the event. 

Crofton Pumping Station is home to an 1812 Boulton and Watt steam engine – said to be the oldest working steam engine in the world that’s “still capable of doing its original job”.

The Station – just a short drive from the town of Marlborough – was built over 200 years ago from 1807-1809. It was designed to supply water to the highest point of The Kennet and Avon Canal, a man-made waterway spanning 87miles. The canal connects The River Kennet in Newbury to the River Avon in Bath.

Find out more about the Station on this website. 

Crofton Pumping Station in Wiltshire.
Crofton Pumping Station in Wiltshire.