There will be an opportunity to explore behind the scenes of Tringford pumping station, near Marsworth, this weekend.
The historic Grade II-listed structure, built in 1818 by renowned engineer Thomas Telford, has recently undergone a complete restoration by the Canal and River Trust. Costing £277,000, including a £100,000 donation from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the restoration work has included making repairs to damaged brickwork, roofing, gutters and windows and improved facilities for volunteers and staff using the building.
Visitors are invited on Saturday, March 11, from 11am until 3.30pm to meet the trust’s experts who will be on hand to explain the history and use of the pumping station, which is still in operation almost every day, and keeps the canal topped up with around two million litres of water a year.
Visitors can try their hand at catching a fish at this popular angling site, and nature spotting walks around one of the nearby reservoirs.
Sarah Brown, development and engagement manager for the Canal and River Trust in the region, said: “Tringford Pumping Station is the pumping heart of the Grand Union Canal, keeping it topped up with water, but most of its secrets are buried deep underground.
“Many people don’t realise that without it we wouldn’t keep the Grand Union Canal flowing.”
A park and ride service will be available from Startops reservoir car park.
To find out about the restoration and repairs programme visit https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/open-days