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Ryhope Pumping Station

Tyne and Wear


Ryhope stands as the Region’s finest example of the civic pride, investment and innovation in supplying water to the burgeoning population of the North East in the 1800s.

Constructed in 1866-70 for the Sunderland and South Shields Water Company to the design of their consulting engineer Thomas Hawksley, the Station worked until 1967 when the Derwent Reservoir came on stream.

The entire station survives with engines and boilers in their original houses, coal store, workshop, chimney, cooling ponds and reservoir. A superintendent’s house and a terrace of three station workers’ cottages were added in 1874. The engine house contains two double-acting, compound rotative beam engines by R&W Hawthorn of Newcastle which were used to raise water in two lifts from deep wells in the magnesian limestone.

Since 1970 the pumping station, which is a Scheduled Monument, has been in the care of the Ryhope Engines Trust who steam the engines for public display.

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