Dogdyke Steam drainage Station

40th Anniversary Year - Restored to steam in 1977

Lincolnshire Heritage Forum - Heritage Award for Excellence 2016.

Free Admission, donations welcome

about the station

Dogdyke steam drainage station was built in 1856 to replace the 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 the Open Days, is the original external condensing beam-engine built by Bradley and Craven of Wakefield. It is possibly the oldest steam-driven scoop wheel pumping set in the country that is still in steam in its original position.

In 1940, a new building was erected next to the steam pump to house a diesel driven pump to replace the steam pumping set. This is a self-contained set of equipment, consisting of a single cylinder, 23.6 litre 7XRH Ruston & Hornsby diesel engine driving a centrifugal water pump made by Gwynnes. In addition, there is a Ruston & Hornsby 1VTO small auxiliary engine, which drives an air compressor to pump up a 12 bar (200 psi) reservoir used to start the pumping engine, a suction pump to prime the water pump and a generator to power the utilities. All these items were made in Lincoln. This pumping set, although superseded by an electric pumping set elsewhere, is still maintained by the Witham 3rd Internal Drainage Board as a stand-by set, and it also runs on Open Days.

Diesel Engine

Each Open Day, the engines will be running from1.30 to 4.30 pm. As well as the two pumping sets, there is also the old boiler to see, and a small display and museum in the old engineman's house. Refreshments are also available. Entrance and parking are free, but donations towards the running costs are always welcome.

Gwynnes Pump


2017 Operating Dates and Times

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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.

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 after crossing Tattershall Bridge in the Horncastle direction. The site is well signposted on Open Days and is reached down a farm track.

Admission Free

Donation welcome


The site is run by a small band of members. We would like you to join us. It is only £10 per year which goes towards the running of the site and you get four Newsletter giving you the news of our activities with articles on the history of the site and land drainage in the county. We welcome members who would like to help with the open days and 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: 01522 683755