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Building & Contents Grade II listed by English Heritage. "is a remarkably complete example of a relatively small plant" 


Winners of a Listed Status Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  


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Video - History of Coleham Pumping Station by Ian Cooper. here


The sounds of the pumping station working during 1968.

From the engine room.

From the basement.

A good short video history of the installation can be viewed here. Courtesy of Ian Cooper.

The Boilers - Details of the 2 boilers dating from 1899. One of them is still in use on open days.

The Engines - Details of the engines and their maker.

Below the engine room - The parts that cannot be seen from the operating floor.

Family connections - Some of the workers from when the site operated and their families today.

Excerpt from English Heritage listing  October 2014.....

The Pumping Station at Coleham, Shrewsbury, is a remarkably complete example of a relatively small plant, which has survived with few losses and little alteration. Such alterations as there have been as with the addition of the automated coal hopper installed in the mid-C20, or the removal of the original 'Economiser', serve to show advances in the technology associated with the industry and the refinement of the machinery on site to allow for its better functioning. Such alterations are to be expected on an operational industrial site and do not detract from its overall interest, provided that the majority of the original machinery is in situ, as is the case at Coleham.

Original machinery includes two Woolf compound rotative beam engines and two Cornish boilers, all of which are in working order. In addition, the building has a characterful architectural treatment with elaborate decorative stone dressings and a tall, panelled chimney stack to the rear. The street front is particularly effective and gives the building the appearance of a small, decorative Non-conformist
chapel. All the principal parts of the original pumping station - engine house, boiler house, coal store and
chimney are intact on site and relatively fragile features such as the octagonal louvered vent on the ridge of the engine house are complete as originally built. The original features extend to the brick walls at either side of the site and the low wall with piers and railings facing the street.