Dogdyke Steam Drainage Station

Welcome to the 2022 Season

Our first Open Day is on:

Sunday 1 May: 12.30 to 4.30pm

Admission is free but we hope you will support us with a donation

Come and enjoy this award-winning Heritage site which tells the story of land drainage. You will be able to see the unique 1856 Bradley and Craven beam engine in steam as well as the Lincoln built Ruston and Hornsby oil engine of 1940.

Relax in the tranquil grounds around the engineman’s cottage where you can enjoy our tea, coffee and home made cakes.


Go to ourVideo and Photo Page for a virtual tour!

The Steam Engine

About the station

Dogdyke is a land drainage pumping station. The steam engine was built in 1856 to replace an existing wind driven pump to drain a large area of farmland between the rivers Bain and Witham. The engine, which runs in steam on all Open Days, is the original, external condensing beam-engine built by Bradley and Craven of Wakefield. It is the only surviving engine by this builder and is possibly the oldest steam-driven scoop wheel land drainage pumping set in the country that is still in steam and in its original position. This is a 16-horse power steam engine driving a 24 foot (7.3m) diameter scoop wheel with wooden floats that can lift 25 tons (22.7tonnes) of water. It once lifted water from the lower drain into the River Witham, but now the water is channelled back into the drain.

1887 diagram of our 24-foot diameter scoop wheel pump

1887 diagram of our 24-foot diameter scoop wheel pump


The Diesel Pumping Engine

In 1940 a new building was erected next to the steam pump. This houses a 40 horse-power Ruston & Hornsby 7XHR single cylinder diesel engine that runs at 300 rpm and drives a 22inch (56cm) diameter centrifugal pump made by Gwynnes. It can pump 40 tons (36tonnes) of water per minute. A 5 horse-power Ruston & Hornsby 1VTO engine operates a compressor which fills a reservoir cylinder to 200psi, used to start the main engine. All this machinery was made in Lincoln.

The Diesel Pumping Engine

This pump was replaced by electric pumps on a different site in 1979 but it is still used by the Witham 3rd Internal Drainage Board as a stand-by pumping set for use in an emergency.

The Diesel Pumping Engine

The engines operate each open day on the times shown. In the Pump Attendant’s Cottage there is a small museum and also a refreshment room for teas and home-made cakes. The entrance and car parking are free but we welcome donations to help towards the running costs of the engines and site.


Group Visits Welcome

Group visits are welcomed



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Heritage Award for Excellence 2016 Lincolnshire Heritage Forum


Our Open Days for 2022

(Subject to any Government Restrictions)

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Search YouTube for"Dogdyke pumping engines"and see our engines in operation. Then come and experience the sounds and atmosphere of these machines at work.


Admission free

Donation are welcome to support the future of the engines.


Site Accessibility

The site’s car park, buildings and toilet are all accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are baby changing facilities and dogs on leads are welcome.


Where to find us

Dogdyke pumping station is located near Bridge Farm, Tattershall, Lincolnshire, LN4 4JG (Please do not use this as a postal address). You will find us off the A153 Sleaford to Horncastle road and the entrance is on the right, immediately east of Tattershall Bridge. The site is well sign posted on Open Days and is reached down a farm track which isonly open on Steaming Days.



The site is run by a small band of members. We would like you to join us. It is only £15 per year which goes towards the running of the site and you get four Newsletters with information of our activities including articles on the history of the site and land drainage in the county. We welcome members who would like to help on Open Days and with the maintenance of the engines and buildings. For more information contact Chris Page.


Contact us

Dogdyke Pumping Station Preservation Trust,

Chris Page, Publicity Officer,

13 Cherry Grove,




Tel: 07464 948 549




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