In a change to our advertised Café, we are delighted to be joined by

 George Beautyman

Company Secretary, Tees Cottage Pumping Station, Darlington

 who will be discussing

 What the Victorians did for our water supply

We’re sorry not to bring you the talk By Jonathan Erskine which was scheduled for October but, unfortunately, Jonathan has had to put his talk off for now. We look forward to his talk at a later date. However, we are extremely grateful to George Beautyman who has stepped in to help at short notice. We’re looking forward to giving George a warm Café welcome and we’re sure to have a very interesting evening!


The Victorians came up with a solution to eradicate diseases which were threatening the health and lives of the population. George Beautyman from the Tees Cottage Pumping Station will show how they identified the problem, particularly in the Darlington area, and what they did to significantly improve the health of our nation. He will also take you on a whistle stop tour of the pumping station to show how the technology, which is still in operation today, works.

About our speaker

George was born in Darlington and studied Metallurgy at Leeds University. He has enjoyed a varied career ranging from the steel industry through operations management to higher education.

Now retired, he enjoys several hobbies including music, Egyptology, industrial archaeology and heritage railways where he works on the footplate. He is currently Company Secretary at Tees Cottage Pumping Station, Darlington.

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