Claverton Pumping Station

...a marvel of 18th century engineering and the ultimate green machine using only water power!

A fantastic piece of engineering capable of raising thousands of gallons of water per hour from the River Avon up 47 feet to the Kennet and Avon canal in order to save them from disappearing into the river from the canal through the operation of the six locks, and all done by the power of water with no burning of fuel.

The six locks operating between the Kennet and Avon canal and the river Avon 47 feet below use an enormous amount of water which would normally be wasted into the river below until engineer John Rennie built in 1813, a pumping station to replace this water.
All this is done by a giant waterwheel driven by just the power of the river itself with no burning of fuel and it is therefore the ultimate green machine as there is no waste.
The Pumping station was fully restored during the 1960’s and 70’s and is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from April 23rd until October 26th inclusive.
The Pump is not operational every day so please check the related link website for details.
Claverton is five miles south of Bath off the A36 (Warminster Road), 400 yds down Ferry Lane and across the uncontrolled level crossing.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015