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Stretham Old Engine

Stretham, Ely CB7 4HL, England
44 1353 649210
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Ranked #11 of 14 attractions in Ely
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- Jan 29, 2014
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Manningtree, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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