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Historic but now disused Sandfields Pumping Station stands to the north- east of Railway Turn and is visible along a footpath over the bed of the old canal line. The building still contains a splendid  early example of a steam beam engine dating from 1875.  The adjacent canal was used for cooling water for the steam engines although the boiler coal was provided via the adjacent rail siding.


interior access by prior arrangement

Distance from Catshill

Distance from Huddlesford

For the full history of the pumping station see  ‘Cholera in the Black Country’  on The Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station web site

…and  the Stationary Steam Engines web site for more photos.

In 2014 the Engine House at Sandfields Pumping Station was granted Grade II* listed status on the List of Buildings of  Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

For more on this an similar buildings see The Victorian Society.

Sandfields Pumping Station

North of restored canal but on original route

Relative Position

Restoration phase

Photo:  Sandfields Pumping Station in 2014.

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Photo:  Aerial view of Sandfields Pumping Station showing the proximity of the Lichfield Canal, with the railway line on the other side. The white building is the Filter House.

Photo:  Sandfields Pumping Station and the Lichfield Canal in Feb 1926.