It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of TCPS member and volunteer Andrew Rolland. Andrew died suddenly at home on Saturday 21st March 2020.
Andrew was a hard working and well respected member of the Wednesday gang and a volunteer on open weekends. He was always willing to take on any job, working well either on his own or as part of a team, where his experience as a naval architect was useful.
Shortly after he joined the society, several years ago, the need for someone to take control of publicity in the news media became urgent. Andrew immediately offered his services and did sterling work placing articles and adverts in the local press and building a strong working relationship with publishers.
Andrew was not one to suffer fools gladly and he could be very forthright and honest in his views. Having said that, he was also a kind and most charming man. He had a sharp wit and a great sense of humour. It was always amusing to watch his face change from a quizzical expression into a mischievous grin at some amusing incident.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with Margaret at this sad time.
Rest in peace mate, we’ll all miss you.
2020 Open Days
The Pumping Station is open to the public on the following days :
- 12 and 13 April
- 9 and 10 May
- 20 and 21 June
- April, May and June Open Days all CANCELLED due to Corona virus.
- 12 and 13 September
- 3 and 4 October (4 October is Gala Day)
- The September and October dates will be confirmed in due course.
Open at 11am, last admission 4pm
TCPS opens every Wednesday for maintenance. Although the engines will not normally be working, we are willing to provide a site tour for a small donation.
Under 16s: Free, when accompanied by an adult
Cash and card payments accepted
Alternatively, join us as a Volunteer, for an annual fee of £10, and enjoy free entry to all the open days during 2020.
What is Tees Cottage Pumping Station?
From 1849 Tees Cottage Pumping Station revolutionised water supply in Darlington and Teesside by offering cleaner, piped water to inhabitants who had previously relied on wells and rainwater tubs. The engines at Tees Cottage pumped water from the River Tees, which was then filtered and supplied to the water company’s customers.
Tees Cottage Pumping Station Attractions
Tees Cottage has Lancashire Boilers from 1902, a 1904 steam powered Beam Engine and a 1914 Gas Engine, all in operation and still pumping water from the River Tees (although no longer supplying the town’s water!) We also have a Blacksmith’s Shop, where demonstrations are usually given, and a Miniature Railway, with rides provided by Cleveland Association of Model Engineers for a small additional charge. Refreshments are available in our Tea Room or you can bring a picnic to enjoy in our grounds.