Crossness Pumping Station: The Cathedral on the Marsh

Not what you’d expect from a sewage facility, Thamesmead’s ‘Cathedral on the Marsh’ is a thing of beauty and London's newest tourist attraction.

Built by the distinguished civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette in response to of 19th Century London's Cholera epidemic, Crossness Pumping Station was the first of its kind and a monument to Victorian engineering.

Following a £2.7million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, Crossness Pumping Station is in better shape than ever and offers open days to see the Grade I listed Beam Engine House and of the some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork to be found today.
Visit the Crossness Engines Trust or Facebook page.

 

Lesnes Abbey Woods

On the doorstep of South Thamesmead and overlooking the town are the Lesnes Abbey ruins – an ancient monument and the site of the 12th Century Abbey of St Mary and St Thomas the Martyr at Lesnes.
The pattern of the original church remains today and is free to view as part of Lesnes Abbey Woods – an 88-acre public park, wildlife haven and, thanks to its ancient woodland and prominence of fossils, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

And it’s not just about heritage. A £3.5 million enhancement project has seen improvements such as the education and community centre the Lesnes Lodge and a new parkour zone.

Visit Lesnes Abbey Woods or Facebook page.

 

Green Chain Walk - Thamesmead to Lesnes Abbey

Stretching from the River Thames to Nunhead Cemetery, South East London's Green Chain Walk spans the fields, parks and woodlands across a 50 miles area.
The first of the 11 sections begins in Thamesmead, taking you between Crossness Pumping Station and Lesnes Abbey Woods and showing off Thamesmead's diverse neighbourhoods and beautiful waterways along the way. Download route map.

 

Thames Path - Thames Barrier to River Darent (south)

Section four of the Thames Path incorporates Thamesmead's 5km of river frontage as part of an 11 mile route from the Thames Barrier to the River Darent. The Thamesmead stretch takes in Broadwater Dock, Crossness Pumping station and Thamesmead's brand new park on the river. Download route map.