Restoration of the Victorian pump house and chimney at the RSPB’s Strumpshaw Fen is underway. When completed, the chimney and pump house will be a natural resting point for visitors on the reserve’s circular trail.
The pump house and chimney are situated on the east bank of the River Yare and are a well-known and well-loved landmark. RSPB visitors to Strumpshaw Fen, boat users on the Broads, and walkers on the Wherryman’s Way long distance footpath are all familiar with the chimney’s leaning tower which can be seen from far afield.
The project will take two years to complete and the restoration is being entirely funded by a grant of £100,000 from FCC Environment, administered by WREN through the Landfill Communities Fund.
“We are extremely grateful to FCC Environment and WREN for making this project possible,” said Tim Strudwick, Sites Manager at Strumpshaw.
Penny Horne, WREN’s grant manager for Norfolk, says: “It’s always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape. We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project steeped in so much history and we look forward to it being completed so that it can be enjoyed by both local people and visitors to the region”
Phase One of the proposal, which is underway, will create new foundations, secure, straighten and repoint the Strumpshaw steam engine chimney.
Phase two of the proposal will make good the roof and walls of the engine house, restore certain windows, and build a lean-to extension replacing the former coal shed, to provide shelter from the elements for visitors.
Last Updated: Wednesday 7 November 2018