Bracebridge Pumping Station in Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Grade II-listed– 1881 – architect unknown

A Worksop landmark, the former Pumping Station has been abandoned for decades. Although surrounded by an overgrown plot, it is easily accessible by road and is only a mile from Worksop's town centre. In 2018 the auction catalogue noted that the building had had a new roof and planning permission for 23 two-bed apartments and one attached house. The condition of the Italian Romanesque style building is rapidly deteriorating and the striking, slender chimney is steadily eroding.

Griff said:‘Pumping stations are one of the best examples of how today’s approach to architecture tends to differ from the Victorian. Our utilitarian buildings rarely have any thought for their aesthetic design. This unusual building is situated so close to Worksop Town centre, it could be perfect for restoration as a dramatic home.’

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