What we are:
The Crofton Branch is based at the Georgian Grade 1 listed Crofton Pumping Station (near the historic market town of Marlborough) which houses two great steam beam engines that can still pump water up 12 metres from springs and reservoirs to keep the highest point of the Kennet and Avon Canal in water.
Set in picturesque grounds overlooking Wilton Water reservoir and the canal, Crofton is open to the public every day except Wednesday from Easter to the beginning of October (closed during the winter) and also houses the acclaimed Engineman’s Rest Café.
What we do
We look after this wonderful place and its engines, one of the most important surviving Industrial Revolution sites in England.
We give guided tours of the Engine House and grounds throughout the summer, telling people about the Canal, Crofton, and its history.
We organise an exciting range of events and activities at Crofton
We run our historic engines on Steaming Days each month during the summer – our oldest engine dates back to 1812 and is the oldest working steam engine still on its original site and able to do the job it was built for.
See our website for information on events and steaming days.
A dog was lost at Crofton in March 2016, details of the dog can be found here FITZY’s Lost Dog Poster. If you can remember any anything about this dog please contact the owners using the phone number on the poster.
Crofton at INCOSE
Crofton recently featured in a keynote address at the annual systems engineering conference of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).
Crofton at INCOSE Nov 2017
If you would like to get involved in Crofton Branch activities, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please use the contact us page on our website.