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Tees Cottage Pumping Station Coniscliffe Road, Darlington

Tees Cottage Pumping Station has been temporarily closed by the site owner, Northumbrian Water Limited, while they undertake remedial works. We are unable to open the site to the public during 2014 and all open days and events have been cancelled therefore. We (the volunteers) are devastated by this news.

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This webpage will be disappearing on 31 July 2014, as all CommuniGate webpages are closing on this date.

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What is Tees Cottage Pumping Station?

From 1849 Tees Cottage Pumping Station revolutionized water supply in Darlington and Teesside by offering cleaner, piped water to inhabitants who had previously relied on wells and rainwater tubs. The engines at Tees Cottage pumped water from the River Tees, which was then filtered and supplied to the water company's customers.


Tees Cottage has Lancashire Boilers from 1902, a 1904 steam powered Beam Engine and a 1914 Gas engine, all in operation and still pumping water from the River Tees (although no longer supplying the town's water!) We also have a Blacksmith's Shop, where demonstrations are usually given, and a Miniature Railway, with rides provided by Cleveland Association of Model Engineers for a small additional charge. Refreshments are available in our Tea Room or you can bring a picnic to enjoy in our grounds.

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