Bel Ami Orgy Scene Filming at Crossness Pumping Station

As we reported yesterday, filming moves to Kent (just outside of London) this week and Robert Pattinson reportedly filming an orgy scene at the Crossness Pumping Station in Erith. (An orgy is not in the script draft that we have, but may have been added an added scene or a flashback in the final draft.)

We decided to check into the Crossness Pumping Station for a bit more information, as The Fourgy live in North America and are unfamiliar with this historical place in Europe.

Imagine OUR SURPRISE to learn that the Crossness Pumping Station is a 19th century sanitation facility! A 19th century poo filtration site! Gross! Hardly seems the backdrop for steamy orgy scenes, right?! We had to dig a little deeper. Here are some photos we found:

Turns out this station is slowly but surely being restored to its original beauty, and it features “the finest Victorian ironwork in London.” After viewing the photos, we can now imagine the vibrant-colored ironwork scenery, if the set designers can cleverly cover up the engines that processed waste.

Here is a little of what we learned on the Crossness Pumping Station website:

  • In the early nineteenth century, London’s water supply and the Thames were heavily polluted with sewage. This resulted in several cholera outbreaks during which up to 20,000 people died annually.
  • The Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London’s urgently needed main sewerage system.
  • It was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in April 1865.
  • Constructed in the Romanesque style and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork to be found today.
  • Following abandonment in the mid 1950’s, the engine house and engines were systematically vandalised and left to decay.
  • Work commenced in 1985 to restore the Engine House and the engines to their 1899 condition.
  • The Crossness Engines Trust, a registered charity, was set up in 1987 to restore the installation which represents a unique part of Britain’s industrial heritage and an outstanding example of Victorian engineering.
  • All the restoration work so far carried out has been done entirely by an unpaid volunteer workforce.

We hope that Bel Ami’s fees paid to shoot at this location help the cause!

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