Crofton Beam Engines

Crofton, near Marlborough SN8 3DW

Come and visit the oldest working steam engines in the world still performing the job they were built to do! There are two beam engines, one of which is an original 200-year-old Boulton & Watt. Both are fed by a hand-stoked, coal-fired Lancashire boiler.

These are magnificent pieces of industrial archaeology appealing both to families and steam enthusiasts.

Situated near to the highest point of the Kennet and Avon Canal, just south of Great Bedwyn, the engine house was built to pump water to the summit of the canal some 13m (40’) higher and 1.13Km (0.7miles) to the west.

We are open Saturdays and Sundays (and August Bank Holiday Monday) during the summer. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

On selected weekends during the summer the boiler is lit and the beam engines resume their original role, pumping water to the summit of the canal. Steaming Days are very popular and advance booking on our website is recommended.


"Had a great time with my granddaughter there today. very interesting. Friendly staff who know all about the place."
Paddy Tutton

"Lovely afternoon at Crofton. Brilliant staff volunteers and a very well presented museum. Recommended."
Karen Moreton


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