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Address: Stretham, Ely CB7 4HL, England
Phone Number: 44 1353 649210
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Tremendous old machinery

While conceding that this takes some finding, and that there is not much else in the village to see, it is well worth a visit. The Fens were marsh, in effect,candy it took... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

While conceding that this takes some finding, and that there is not much else in the village to see, it is well worth a visit. The Fens were marsh, in effect,candy it took centuries to drain them, starting, perhaps with Bishop Morton (he of "Morton's Fork") and carried on by the Dukes of Bedford and their Dutch engineers. Continuing management... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I've been to various pumping stations and similar places with my boyfriend and although this one is not in steam (powered by a generator at present) I could not fault the gentleman who showed us around and the passion that he, and I'm others, show for the building and its history. It does not really compare to other museums as... More 

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Peterborough, CAMBS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We visited with friends from Wales and Cornwall and all of our party of 6 thoroughly enjoyed the Tour of the Engine Museum, which was brought to life by Malcolm. A great history of the drainage of the Fens and the Old Engine. Would highly recommend, whatever your age. The Museum is fighting for funding and this part of the... More 

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Manningtree, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This museum isn't open very often but when it is, you're greeted by an elderly gentleman truly enthusiastic about his subject. The Great British Volunteer at its best. And then he throws the big switch on the wall and astonishingly, the three-storey beam engine swings noisily into action. It dosn't pump water now, and it's not steam powered, but it's... More 

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

the engine and supporting machinery is only open for visitors on certain days and is not a museum experience with tea rooms and gift shop ! but very well presented and almost as it was last time it was fired. This is what is so nice about the engine, it's very much a piece of history frozen in time. A... More 

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Waltham Abbey
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

I wish we could have seen the pump engines working beautiful victorian engineering the old steam engines must have been a site to see

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Cambridgeshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

A great nod to the history of the fens and also to the industrial innovation of 1830s onwards. Stretham Old Engine doesn't take long to look round, but it's well worth it to see the sheer scale of the beast that helped shape the landscape around it. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and admission fee was perhaps a little... More 

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