Open House Festival

Markfield Beam Engine and House


Unknown, 1886

Markfield Park, Markfield Road, South Tottenham, N15 4RB

A masterpiece of Victorian engineering, Markfield Beam Engine provided a vital public health facility from 1855-1964.

Getting there


Tottenham Hale, Seven Sisters


South Tottenham


41, W4, 318

Additional travel info

If using satnav enter markfield road N15. Limited parking in park. Located ust off the River Lee towpath (cycle route and footpath)



Accessibility notes

We're located in a public park. There are public toilets, including an accessible toilet in the park.

What you can expect

The engine runs surprisingly quietly for such a big machine but it can be very crowded for the start of steaming. It can also be steamy.



The Markfield Beam Engine and Museum is located in Markfield Park and the site consists of the remains of the Tottenham sewage treatment works and pumping station.

The works were operational for over one hundred years until 1964, when all the incoming sewers were diverted to the extended East Middlesex Works at Deephams.

It is bounded by the railway track to the north, while the River Lee Navigation forms the eastern boundary. The area of the site is approximately 2.5 hectares.

Major features remaining of the old sewage works include the remains of the concrete walls of the original settlement tanks and filter beds; which have been sympathetically incorporated in the landscaping of the site, and the original pump houses, one of which contains the Beam Pumping Engine.

The Beam Engine House has been fully renovated and restored as originally built and both the Beam Engine and Engine House are Grade II listed. All areas of the site are disabled accessible, including toilets.

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