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

Papplewick Pumping Station, Nottinghamshire

Thursday August 25th-Monday August 29th 2022

Tour-price per head:  £995.00

Full amount of tour-price due: Monday June 13th 2022

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.

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 programme will include visits to Claymills Pumping Station near Burton-on-Trent and the ornate Papplewick Pumping Station outside Nottingham, both of which will be in steam, and Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester, a succession of Victorian cemeteries across Sheffield (the General Cemetery, City Road Cemetery & Crematorium, Tinsley Park Cemetery, Burngreave Cemetery, St Michael’s Cemetery, Rivelin Valley and Wardsend Cemetery) 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. There will be lunch stops at Cropston Pumping Station, Leicestershire, and Bestwood Pumping Station, Nottinghamshire – both of which are now restaurants.

Tour begins:  Thursday August 25th 2022, 6.30pm

Tour ends:  Monday August 29th 2022, 6.00pm

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).