The aim of this project is to improve the understanding of the heritage of Tees Cottage Pumping Station as well as improving the accessibility of the site to a wide-range of visitors, such as schools and the general public.


From 1849 the Tees Cottage Pumping Station revolutionised water supply in Darlington and Teesside by offering cleaner, piped water to inhabitants who had previously relied on wells and rainwater tubs. Engines pumped water from the River Tees, which was then filtered and supplied to the water company's customers. It is the only remaining example of the three types of power used for water extraction; steam, gas and electric. The project aims to:

  • Increase the capacity of the current volunteers who operate the facility on a full time basis

  • Extend the education on offer through a formal schools engagement programme

  • Explore the potential to deliver training schemes and traditional skills training

  • Increase the number of steaming days

  • Increase on site interpretation


Photos property of Peter Giroux