Painting of John Smeaton

John Smeaton Walking Tour


20 September 2023

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Venue Temple Newsam

Tags Adult, Community, Event, Talk, Tour,

John Smeaton was the greatest civil engineer of the 18th century and founder of the profession in Britain.  He was also a prolific engineering scientist whose work enabled Britain to take the lead in the agricultural and industrial revolutions.

He was born at Austhorpe Lodge, Whitkirk in 1724, and is buried in St Mary’s Church.  In 1769 he designed a self-activating pump which supplied water from Jacob’s Well to the west of Temple Newsam House.  This filled reservoirs under the floors of the Servants Hall and the north wing.

This tour explores the grounds of Temple Newsam for remaining evidence of Smeaton’s pump and ventures inside the house to view the surviving well, not normally on view to the public.

Please wear sensible walking shoes and meet outside the front of Temple Newsam House by the railings.

Suitable for adults only. Booking essential. Please buy your £5 tickets here.

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