Dalton Pumping Station – Sunderland

I can’t really begin to describe how beautiful this place is. It closed in 1946 and gradually rotted away. In 1996 an entrepreneur bought it and in 2001 he got an English Heritage grant (£530k) to help refurbish it and turn into “The Old Famous Pump House” restaurant/pub. It seems that the money ran out though, and now lies abandoned again…

A chimney would’ve towered out from the central part of the building.

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Inside

Inside is a sight to behold. I have never seen anything like it!

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Underground…

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Beams

Two massive beam engines dominate the top floor of the building. These ultimately led to the demise of the building – the vibrations from them weakened the building’s structure. They’ll probably never run again…

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Chimney & Stairs

The old chimney – inside has been filled up to the hole, so no falling in…

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The stairwells around the old chimney were rather labyrinthesque.

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6 Responses to Dalton Pumping Station – Sunderland

  1. publicenergy says:

    Lovely photos. It looks very much like Papplewick Pumping Station in Nottinghamshire – that place is fully working and they have open days several times a year (it’s open most of the time, but have limited days when it’s “in steam”). It’s quite impressive seeing all of this stuff moving!

  2. Kevin Guest says:

    I’ve always wanted to get into this building, living locally I pass it regularily. I;ve always had an interest in old cinema buildings but this one turned my head. I understand one of the reasons the pub was not completed was due to lack of funds and it becoming grade 1 listed. Fantastic photos, I envy tthe fact you got inside.

  3. charles punchard says:

    I worked here in 1957 installing lighting down the well and was so impresed by these engines it started an lifelong interest in model engineering.The Cruquius website has a 3 dimension animation of this cornish valvegear in operation, well worth a look at. I am glad to see these pictures again as it brings back memories.Exellent photos.

  4. Barabbas1312 says:

    See here for photo of the building in its working days, before the top half of the chimney/tower was demolished (note rather ornamental-looking reservoirs):
    http://www.east-durham.co.uk/seaham/dalton%20pumping%20station/pages/image/imagepage1.html

  5. tim greatrick says:

    ive just move to the seaham i love old building its a lovely building i see it when i go pass on the bus one day i will go and get some photos of it tim

  6. Peter Wakefield says:

    I actually cleaned and restored, all the stonework and repointed the bricwork.
    I was initially commisioned to carry out the structural repairs using the Helifix structural repair system. I was was realy pleased that I was able to do the rest of the work
    My team cleaned and pointed the buiding, and did the structural repairs, while Ted Willing, a local tradesman, and I carried out the Stone restorations.
    I have restored many properties. but this is the best job I have ever done, and I am so proud to have been involved in such a prestigious restoration

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