Restored Steam Pumping Engines
Can be found about 1 mile to the East of Brede Church
at the Southern Water pumping station site
Open 1st Saturday in each month and every Bank Holiday Monday
or by appointment on 01323-897310
The Brede Giants are a pair of wonderful Victorian Steam Pumping Engines.
Nowadays you take it for granted that when you turn on the tap,
out comes good quality, clean water, but how is it moved around?
Yes, in pipes, propelled with the help of high pressure pumps.
But in the 1900s, water companies relied upon steam power to pump
water from deep wells into reservoirs.
In the 1960s, many of our Victorian and Edwardian engineering
masterpieces were demolished, but some survived, such as the
Giants of Brede steam pumping engines.
Many of us hanker after a return to the `good old days' and the
chance of seeing the past in action, and maybe participating
in its preservation for the future. Just six miles from Hastings
stands the Brede Waterworks site, with its two triple expansion
steam engines, housed in Grade II Listed buildings.
Come along and see just what Victorian Engineering at its best