Maudslay Engine

The Maudslay engine was the first beam engine built for the Kew Bridge works and began pumping in 1838.

This engine was extensively rebuilt during its working life, and little of the original remains, although the original pump foundations were discovered during restoration work on the Bull Engine, which is situated in the same room as the Maudslay.

The engine was built by Maudslay, Sons and Field of Lambeth, who were better known as marine engineers. The engine was later converted to work on the Cornish cycle in 1848 by Samuel Homersham.

In 1888, the beam cracked and one half replaced. If you look at the beam today, you can clearly see the replacement half, which is substantially thicker than the original.

Date of manufacture1838
Cylinder Diameter65 inches (1.65 metres)
Stroke96 inches (2.4 metres)
Weight of Beam20 tons (20.2 tonnes)
Water output per stroke130 Gallons (590 litres)
Water output per 24 hours2.5 M Gallons (8 M litres)
Strokes per minute6 - 6 1/2
Last worked1943
Returned to steam1985