About the Steam Up
At one time, Norwich was the 2nd largest city in England. It was the birthplace of Elizabeth “Betsy” Fry (1780 – 1845), an English prison reformer and Quaker philanthropist. She was the force behind the abolishment of “transporting”, where women on their way to penal colonies were first hauled away in open carts and subjected to some abuse by people on the street. In defense of transporting, it did allow the prisoners one last chance to enjoy the beautiful South Norfolk countryside. Perhaps that cart passed through the quaint village of Forncett St. Mary, the present site of the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum.
Today those prisoners would be riding in a plush transport van. They would also be tempted to escape to the Museum where they could attend one of the Steam Up events held on the first Sunday of each month beginning in May and ending in October.
What they would witness is several large steam engines in action including the 85 ton 600HP Tridle Expansion Engine, Two huge beam engines from the 1890s, an 1873 Corliss engine from a Nottingham Lace Factory, one 200HP Single Tandem Compound mill engine, and the famous 147HP Cross Compound Engine which was used to open the Tower Bridge in London until 1974. They are true “wonders” of the “steam era”.
Forncett Industrial Steam Museum
The Forncett Industrial Steam Museum was established in 1969 by Dr. Rowan Francis. He has spent over 50 years building the collection for the museum that is located next to his home. Dr. Francis once said, “One of the things we try to do at Forncett is make things work. They are big machines, and we want them all to come to life. People can see the relationship between all the parts.” The museum won the 1989 Steam Heritage Award.
Entry To The Event
The Steam Ups usually begin around 11:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. The adult entry fee is £10.00 and Senior Citizens over age 65 get a slight discount at £9.00. Accompanied children under 16 are admitted at no charge. The museum is open for static days (the engines remain idle) on Wednesdays and other Sundays throughout the year and while there are no entry fees, voluntary donations are appreciated.
Somewhere to Stay in Norfolk
People coming in Motor homes or people seeking a tent pitch for a night or two won’t have to leave the Norwich area. The Norwich Camping and Caravanning Club Site describes itself as “A city campsite with a rural feel”. Another option in Norwich is the highly rated Whitlingham Broad Campsite offering Camping and “Glamping”. There are many hotels, B&Bs, and other campsites between Norwich and Forncett St. Mary for weekend travellers.
Other Things To Do Around Nr Norwich
Museum “freaks” will get their kicks in Norfolk with Strangers' Hall, a domestic history museum in a 14th-century Tudor house with period furniture replicas & a garden, Bridewell Museum, a 2-floor museum exploring the city's industrial history, and the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery all located less than a mile from each other. If that is not enough the City of Norwich Aviation Museum is located just a few miles north of the city.
The Forncett Industrial Steam Museum offers ample free car parking on site. There are disabled access and wheelchair-accessible toilets. Dogs are welcome, but please keep them out of the café except for guide dogs that are allowed on all premises. Escaped women prisoners are asked to not drag their chains along the floor and to remove any rotten food thrown at them by angry villagers.
When is the next Steam Up?
The Steam Up is planned to take place at Low Road, Forncett St Mary, Nr Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 1JJ, Sunday 3rd May, 2020. This is a Steam Event.
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