Cemeteries and Sewerage: the Victorian pursuit of cleanliness (Sheffield)

Papplewick Pumping Station, Nottinghamshire

Thursday September 16th-Monday September 20th 2021

Because of the coronavirus pandemic this tour, originally scheduled for September 2020, has been postponed to the above dates in 2021.

The tour-price and the venue will remain the same in 2021, but it will take a while to reconfirm the programme details which will be as close to the 2020 itinerary as possible.

Tour-price per head:  £995.00

Full amount of tour-price due: Monday July 12th 2021

This tour is a follow-up to a London-based tour that took place in 2015, illustrating the same historical themes through different sites of relevant interest.

The Sanitary Question was the great environmental concern of the nineteenth century.  The growth of great cities presented huge problems of water supply, sewage disposal and the disposal of the dead.

This major public-health crisis – comparable in seriousness if not in scale to today’s preoccupation with climate change – took most of the nineteenth century to resolve, and the resulting cemeteries, sewers and pumping stations remain as a testimony to the energy and ingenuity of Victorian engineers, landscape designers and architects.

The programme will include visits to Claymills Pumping Station near Burton-on-Trent, Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester and the ornate Papplewick Pumping Station outside Nottingham which will be in steam, a succession of Victorian cemeteries across Sheffield and the Duke of Newcastle’s Milton Mausoleum at West Markham, a tour of the Derbyshire reservoirs at Howden, Derwent and Ladybower, and a coach-journey following the course of the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 from the Dale Dike Dam through the centre of Sheffield to the Lower Don Valley.

Tour begins:  Thursday September 16th 2020, 6.30pm

Tour ends:  Monday September 20th 2020, 4.00pm

Accommodation:  Hotel Novotel Sheffield Centre, 50 Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PR

Telephone:  0113-396-9005

Website: https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1348-novotel-sheffield-centre/index.shtml


  • people with sensory or other physical limitations are very welcome, but to participate fully guests need to be able to walk and stand in and out of doors for up to 90 minutes at a time
  • stout footwear and outdoor clothing are recommended
  • the Novotel Sheffield Centre Hotel is a short taxi-ride – or alternatively a short tram ride and a brief walk – from Sheffield railway station


  • four nights’ half-board accommodation
  • three lunches
  • coach-travel and admission to heritage sites

To book this tour, please download the tour outline, booking form, optional travel-insurance information and terms and conditions, and post the completed booking form with an initial deposit cheque for £100.00 for each place, payable to Norman Allen Group Travel Ltd, to Mike Higginbottom Interesting Times, 63 Vivian Road, Sheffield, S5 6WJ.

All Mike Higginbottom Interesting Times holidays are booked with and operated by Norman Allen Group Travel Ltd (ABTA W9928).