The story really begins in 1900 when the rapidly growing town of Hastings outstripped its traditional sources of water and the Borough Council was obliged to prospect for new sources further afield. It resulted in a new water treatment works in the Brede Valley and required large steam driven pumps and a pipeline six miles long to take the drinking water to Hastings.
Nowadays the provision of safe drinking water into everyone’s home is often taken for granted, but we all need water in order to survive. It is a fascinating story and we would be delighted to tell you more about it using the British Engineering Heritage that is on display. We consider this to be ‘sheer poetry in motion’.