Presser Pumping Station
Presser Pumping Station near the top of Bale Hill
I pass this beautiful building regularly on one of my many motorbike rides through the North Pennines. I've never been inside but I love the fact that this piece of industrial heritage sits so nicely in the rugged landscape. Here is a little of its history.
Consett Water Company established in 1859 merged and became the Weardale and Consett Water Company in 1902. Some time late in the 19th or early 20th century one of the two former companies had taken over the engine house of closed Derwent Lead Mines and developed this Grade II Listed pumping house to supply water to Consett. It is reported that they started paying rent to the estate in 1902 and the rent in 1911 was £360.