As part of the Lincolnshire Heritage weekend, one of Boston’s iconic industrial heritage buildings opens its doors today (Saturday).
Lade Bank Pumping Station, a listed building located on Hobhole Bank, just outside Old Leake Commonside, was built in 1862. The second pumping station was added in the late 1930s.
Assistant pumpman Simon Moore explained the pumping station forms a barrier between the sea and the Fens.
He said: “The pumping station keeps the Fens dry, pumping the water out the drains and into the sea to get rid of it.”
The current pumps can pump 1000 tonnes - the equivalent of 27 petrol takers worth - of water per minute.
Lade Bank Pumping Station is open from 10am-4pm, and visitors will be treated to a tour of the building and a chance to see displays on the history of the drainage of the Fens.
For more heritage events taking place this weekend visit the Heritage Lincolnshire website.