Welcome to The Stretham Old Engine, the last complete survivor of more than a hundred similar engines that worked the drainage network all over Cambridgeshire. Throughout the 1800’s these Leviathans lifted the flood waters from the fields via the ditches and dykes draining it into the rivers. During the Industrial Revolution they ensured that the farmers could provide this country with the much needed fresh food so that it could flourish.
The boilers, similar to those of the Titanic, have run their course and no longer roar the water into steam to turn the mighty engine. Today, the engine still thrusts and hisses, the massive beam, high above your head, still nods and the cast iron flywheel still turns to the delight of our visitors, but now by the aid of electricity.
You are assured of a warm welcome from our team of volunteers who maintain both the engine and the station as it was the day the wheels finally stopped turning in 1947. Our guides will enjoy showing you around with stories of the past and the living history you can touch and feel.
So, please visit us and find out about her past triumphs, support our work to keep this local icon safe and enjoy a wonderful afternoon beside the peaceful Great West river.