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Black Dog Shaft – Wheal Busy

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 6th August 2015

Wheal not so busy?! Although part of an extremely productive mining sett, this particular shaft saw little action. This pumping engine house was built in 1872, but the engine never made it into the engine house and the mine closed in 1873. The engine was eventually broken up for scrap next to the engine house. The engine house was all but destroyed by US marines as demolition practice prior to the D-Day landings. Now, the remaining walls are most precarious and crumbling away. In terms of mineralogy, the site was mined for Copper, Tin and Arsenic. The mines of Wheal…

Pleasley Colliery Museum

Relevance: 94%      Posted on: 4th January 2016

Pleasley Colliery still retains its headstocks, engine houses and steam winders! One was installed in 1904 by Lilleshall Co and the other in 1922 by Markham & Co The Pit was sunk in the 1870s and produced coal until 1983. Pleasley Colliery is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument and has become a wonderful mining heritage site. The engine-house roofs and the chimney have been renovated and the winders have been restored by members of the Friends of Pleasley Pit preservation group. There is also a splendid Pit Café and an entire nature reserve to enjoy! Check out the Pleasley Pit…

Avoncroft Windmill

Relevance: 93%      Posted on: 11th August 2015

This scrumptious 19th century post mill is one of only three surviving examples from the English Midlands. Avoncroft Windmill was rescued from Danzey Green near Tanworth-in-Arden in 1969 and reconstructed at Avoncroft Museum. They have monthly sailing days when you can see it in action! I wanna be a windmill volunteer! Check out their events programme Here! Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Midlands, B60 4JR.

Newcomen Engine, Dartmouth

Relevance: 88%      Posted on: 26th August 2015

They say that the Newcomen Engine, Dartmouth, is the oldest preserved steam engine in the world! Restored in 1963/4 by the Newcomen Society, this engine (mostly of 1725) is very similar to Newcomen’s earliest 1712 model. It was originally installed at the Griff Colliery near Nuneaton in 1725, but it didn’t stay there. 4 years later it was transferred to Oakthorpe Colliery in Measham and in 1821, it was moved to an engine house at Hawkesbury Canal Junction near Coventry, where it stayed until 1913. Each job required pumping water, whether it was out of the depths of a mine…

Wheal Ellen

Relevance: 88%      Posted on: 14th December 2015

Wheal Ellen is the only engine house in Cornwall with a castellated stack. It probably operated from 1826 to 1862 and produced primarily copper, with some lead and zinc. Situated in the Tywarnhayle Valley where metalliferous mining was prolific! Wheal Ellen Mine is thought to have turn-out over 2,500 tons of copper, so this engine house was built in 1866 with a view to re-working the mine, but it seems that it didn’t see much action, because the engine was never installed! Such exuberant design is a proud shout-out that Copper was King in Cornwall! Mines in the region include…

Save Enderby House

Relevance: 87%      Posted on: 17th November 2015

The Enderby Group seeks to preserve Enderby House on the Greenwich Peninsula and to publicise and record the telecoms and cable-making heritage of Enderby Wharf and Greenwich, south east London. Described as one of the saddest sights on Greenwich’s Thames Path, left vandalised and wrecked, neglected by developers who don’t seem to have a clue what to do with it. This is where the world’s first telegraph cables were made, with work still taking part in a small corner of the site. Without Enderby House, there may well have been no phones, and no internet. It’s a hugely-overlooked piece of…

Catalyst

Relevance: 87%      Posted on: 2nd March 2017

Catalyst is a Science Discovery Centre focusing on chemistry and the history of the chemical industry. It is devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in everyday life. Catalyst is the ideal treat for kids regardless of age! It's an action-packed family attraction with an excellent educational focus. Enjoy panoramic views across Cheshire from the rooftop Observatory reached by a scenic glass lift, or visit Scientrific, or Birth of an Industry. There is also a unique careers gallery, where pupils can gain valuable insight into careers in science through interactive displays and DVD Clips. Check out…

Northampton and Lamport Railway

Relevance: 85%      Posted on: 29th January 2017

Northampton and Lamport Railway is a steam and heritage diesel tourist railway in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. The Northampton and Lamport Railway is approximately 1½ miles of running track alongside the Brampton Valley Way, a 14 mile linear part from Northampton to Market Harborough, you can not only ride one of our trains along the former line but walk along and watch the steam and diesel engines in action. Check out their website – HERE!   Pitsford Rd, Chapel Brampton, Northampton, NN6 8BA This is just a seed page – please add what you know and help it to…

Stotfold Watermill

Relevance: 81%      Posted on: 17th January 2016

The Stotfold Watermill has the widest overshot waterwheel in the country! It is also the only working mill left in Stotfold and is a grade II listed! The incredible water wheel is a 4.4 metre wide overshot corn mill waterwheel. The Mill was fully restored after being burnt down on 15 December 1992. It is currently open to the public with a tea room on alternate weekends in season (March to October) and on special event weekends. It stands on the River Ivel and is one of only 4 mills in Stotfold. Nobody is certain of the exact date, but…

New life for New Mill

Relevance: 80%      Posted on: 4th February 2016

New Mill is a Grade II listed post mill at Cross-in-Hand, near Heathfield, East Sussex. It was the last windmill working commercially (by wind) in Sussex, ceasing in 1969. Originally built for a site elsewhere in the early 1800s, New Mill was moved twice to reach its current site! It arrived here (as New Mill) in 1868 by Samuel Medhurst. It joined an older mill on this site. New Mill is a post mill on a two-storey roundhouse. It has four patent sails carried on a cast iron windshaft and was winded by a tailpole-mounted fantail. After moderations over the…

Restoring SS Freshspring

Relevance: 75%      Posted on: 21st March 2016

Built in 1946, SS Freshspring is the last of 14 Fresh-Class water carriers, all of which were 121 feet in length and were powered by a triple-expansion steam engine! She is recognised as being of national historical significance on the National Register of Historic Vessels. The SS Freshspring Society (a not-for-profit organisation) aim to return SS Freshspring to operation – preserving the past and inspiring knowledge for the future. The Steam Ship Freshspring had to replenish Naval ships with fresh water for use in their boilers. She also acted as a fire tender when required! SS Freshspring will be sympathetically…

Fritchley Railway Tunnel

Relevance: 75%      Posted on: 18th October 2015

Fritchley Railway Tunnel was recently recognised as "the earliest surviving railway tunnel in the world" – boom! It was part of Benjamin Outram’s Butterley Gangroad Railway-line, that he designed to transport limestone, from the quarry at Crich, to the limekilns above Butterley Tunnel – via the newly opened Cromford canal, in 1793. Fritchley Railway Tunnel was built for a 3ft 10 inch tramway, initially horse-led, but later (1813) by a small steam engine designed by the famous William Brunton of the Butterley Works. Alterations were made circa 1840, but she saw a lot of action. Her innards are said to…

Shirley Windmill

Relevance: 72%      Posted on: 22nd March 2016

Shirley Windmill is 1 of the last windmills to be built in this country and 1 of 4 open to the public in Greater London! Shirley is a Tower Mill and the only one in Croydon! She was built in 1854 to replace an earlier Post Mill! The post mill (which burnt down) was built in 1808 or 9, so there has been over 200 years of windmill occupation here! Research suggests that a post mill, previously at West Ham,  moved to Shirley c.1809, so may have been at this site. It ceased working in about 1890, but most of…

Birnbeck Pier

Relevance: 71%      Posted on: 31st December 2015

Birnbeck Pier is a unique structure – it’s the only British pier that links the mainland to an island. It was designed by Eugenius Birch and opened in 1867. Birnbeck Pier, known locally as the Old Pier, stands on the North Somerset coastline at Weston-super-Mare and is grade II listed and on the Buildings at Risk Register. The gothic toll house and pierhead buildings were designed by local architect Hans Price. The pier has sadly been closed to the public since 1994. Over its lifetime it has enjoyed mixed fortunes – in its heyday, it was the Victorian equivalent of…

Tarka Valley Railway

Relevance: 66%      Posted on: 21st September 2015

The Tarka Valley narrow gauge railway, Torrington, Devon, was originally opened in 1872 and over the years supported several major local industries including the Marland Brick and Clay Works. In 1925 the gauge was relaid to standard gauge and became known as the North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway (ND&CJLR); but it closed in 1965.   In 2013 the Tarka Trail Valley Railway Group obtained planning permission to reinstate the railway from the Torrington Station, now known as Puffing Billy, towards Bideford up to the first iron bridge. The installation of the railway line will not affect the current…

Save Marple Wharf

Relevance: 66%      Posted on: 6th October 2017

We call on Stockport Council to save Marple Wharf by rejecting a planning application to turn our historic warehouse into a house. The community have a viable plan to turn it into community rooms and café that would preserve its heritage and public access. Why is this important? Marple was created by the canals. Generations have walked and boated along them, fed the ducks, or just stopped and stared. It makes us who we are. The centre is the Wharf, Maple Wharf, where three canals meet. Above all, this is a public place of shared heritage and experience. A developer…

Great Laxey Wheel

Relevance: 66%      Posted on: 25th August 2015

The Great Laxey Wheel (aka Lady Isabella) is the largest working waterwheel in the world! (with a diameter of 22m (72.5 feet). A brilliant example of Victorian engineering she was built in 1854 by Robert Casement to pump water from the Glen Mooar part of the Laxey mines. Today a climb to the top is rewarded with panoramic views across the Laxey Valley. It is not a conventional water wheel! Water is collected in a cistern which is above the level of the top of the wheel using the power of the inverted syphon in a closed pipe system; thus…

Longbridge Mill

Relevance: 65%      Posted on: 11th May 2016

There is evidence that a mill existed on this site 800 years ago! The earliest references to 'John the Miller' and a mill on this site date back to 1274. By 1316 there was a mention of the mill at Sherfield on Loddon being a watermill. However, Longbridge Mill (the building you see now) is more likely of 15th century origin and the granary was added in the 16th century. At the height of its success, 'Lodgridge Mill' at 'Shirefield-upon-Loddon' was a major industry in the area, with 2 water-wheels powering 4 sets of milling stones. There is still a…

Wellbrook Beetling Mill

Relevance: 63%      Posted on: 26th November 2016

Wellbrook Beetling Mill is one of the last water powered beetling mills in the UK. It is now owned by the National Trust. Wellbrook Beetling Mill was part of a large bleach works originally built in 1764 by Hugh and Sam Faulkner from Cookstown. Seven beetling machines are powered by a breastshot water wheel. The machinery is in working order and can be seen in action! The mill takes its power from the fast flowing Ballinderry River. A short distance from the road you can see the mill race and the flume - the wooden trough carried on piers of…

Cwm Ciprwth Copper Mine

Relevance: 59%      Posted on: 14th December 2015

Cwm Ciprwth Copper Mine may be remote, but its remains won’t disappoint. Mining records date Cwm Ciprwth Copr Mine to 1850,  but it didn’t last long. It seems to be out of action circa 1894. However, Copper has been won from the Snowdonia area since the Bronze Age, with evidence of the activity from 4000 years ago found in the east of Beddgelert at the Sygun Copper Mine and the Great Orme. Of course, the Bronze Age has been called the Bronze Age because the people of that time were mixing small quantities (about 12%) of Tin with the Copper…