Recently I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful Papplewick Pumping Station at last. Friends have long recommended a visit to this marvel of the Victorian Industrial Revolution to me, but until now circumstances have prevented me from paying it a visit. As the season draws to a close, and the pace of Classic events begins to slow, I was thrilled to spot a 1940's weekend at Papplewick, with Classic vehicles on display, parades, stalls, a whole host of activities and several engines in steam, I can think of no better way to while away a sunny Sunday in October.
The buildings of Papplewick appealed hugely to my adoration of Victorian architecture and detailing and were a beautiful setting for the event. The huge beam engines were monumental in scale and the building which housed them was probably the most decorative industrial building I've ever seen. Papplewick is made up of a truly impressive series of structures, including an underground reservoir with an interesting history and incredible vaulted ceilings constructed on a cathedral like scale.
An impressive selection of classics were on display as part of the 1940's Weekend, including a vast array of military vehicles, my favourites including an Austin K2/Y military ambulance and a Robur Garant truck from East Germany, Austin K8 and Bedford KZ ambulances, an Austin Loadstar BBC truck, cars including Ford Populars, and my favourite of the day, a stunning MG SA. I was pleased to see Morris represented among the civilian classics, with a Morris 8, 8E and 10 all looking pristine and gleaming, while my somewhat modern in comparison Minor sat in the carpark.
The event was a great day out, with familiar faces from other Rallys to catch up with, lots to see and do, impressive period dress from the truly dedicated, music and even a hot Oxo on offer! Superb! I'm pleased I made it to Papplewick at last!
To find out whats on at Papplewick, check out their website: http://www.papplewickpumpingstation.org.uk/