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Bill Beattie

It is with great sadness that we announce that Tees Cottage volunteer, Bill Beattie, died on the 1st September. Bill was a regular, well respected member of the Wednesday team.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Irene, and their daughter, son, and four grandchildren.

A full obituary for Bill is to be found on our News page.

2021 Open Days – Provisional Dates 

Unfortunately, the April, May and June Open Days had to be cancelled this year, but we are delighted to announce that the September and October dates will go ahead, unless current Government advice or regulations change. 

  • 11th and 12th September
  • 9th and 10th October (10th October is Gala Day)

Open at 11am, last admission 4pm.

This is a dog friendly site so well behaved dogs, and their owners, are more than welcome!

Admission Prices

Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £4.00
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 2021.

In addition, TCPS is open every Wednesday for maintenance and, although the engines will not normally be working, we are happy to provide a site tour for a small group of people, for a small donation. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact our Chairman, Dave Smart, on 07702 403142 in order to schedule your visit.

About Us

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 dating 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 the 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 on our grounds.