Record Details

NHER Number:2392
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of the Magdalen Fen Engine


This is the site of the Magdalen Fen Engine, the first steam engine to built to pump the Norfolk Fens in 1834. These Butterley Engines were removed in 1914 and replaced by Gwynnes, but in 1948 diesel engines took over. Today nothing remains of the engines or the buildings that house them.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 5829 0983
Map Sheet:TF50NE

Full description

'Steam engine' marked on tithe award map 1840.
'Disused pumping station' on 1953 6 inch Ordnance Survey map.
This has been demolished, a mere heap of rubble remains, the haunt of weasels and other lowly creatures.
R. Silvester (NAU), 26 January 1983.

This is the Magdalen Fen Engine, the first steam engine built to pump the Norfolk Fens in 1834.
Information from (S1).
E. Rose (NLA), 25 January 2000.

(S1) notes the Butterley Engines were removed 1914 and replaced by Gwynnes. In 1948 diesel engines took over. Confirms building now gone.
(NB Typing error in grid reference in (S1).)
E. Rose (NLA), 8 December 2003.

Monument Types

  • PUMPING STATION (19th Century to Mid 20th Century - 1834 AD? to 1948 AD?)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Article in Serial: Best, D.. 2003. Pumping Engines of the Norfolk Fens.. NIAS Journal. Vol 7, No 3. p 65.

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