There then followed a guided tour around the remaining Victorian buildings whilst we heard about the life and duties of the workforce and their families. We discovered that they were effectively a self-contained community with its own schooling for the workers' children. In fact, much of the community housing surrounded a park built over the reservoir where family events took place. We then moved on to the magnificent Victorian pumping house and were shown how it operated. Although this is no longer in use the volunteers of the Crossness Engines Trust are gradually restoring it to its former glory and this was evident from what we saw in the building. All of us were impressed by the amount of decorative art in a building that was designed to deal with such a basic requirement and never intended to be a tourist attraction. That was the end of the official visit but a number of us then went on to the Valve House where one of the volunteers put on a demonstration of a number of pumps. And that was it. A fascinating insight into how Victorian ingenuity tackled a deadly disease and, in the process, produced a fine example of classic architecture. The basic reason for its existence may not be appetising but the tour was certainly to the taste of those came on the visit. Our thanks to our excellent guide Petra and the volunteers of the Crossness Engines Trust.