The Brede Steam Giants

Back in 1900 the town of Hastings was rapidly running out of water. It had grown quickly towards the end of the Victorian era and all the traditional sources of water had been developed. The Borough Engineer was tasked with finding a reliable and an additional 1,000,000 gallons of water per day. He found it in the Ashdown Sandstone lying beneath the Brede Valley.

Two giant steam pumping engines were installed in a purpose built engine house. They were manufactured by Tangye of Birmingham. Each engine was able to lift the water to the surface for purification, and also to pump the cleaned water six miles to storage tanks up to the high ground 500feet above Hastings.

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