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Hotwells Pump House

Relevance: 46%      Posted on: 30th October 2017

Hotwells Pump House once provided power to the bridges and machines of Bristol Harbour. It is also a grade II listed building. Hotwells Pump House was originally built around 1870 by Thomas Howard as an Hydraulic Pumping House to provide power to the bridges and lock gates in Bristol Harbour. It was apparently replaced by the current Hydraulic Engine House in the 1880s. When a hydraulic pump operates, it creates a vacuum at the pump inlet, forcing liquid from the reservoir into the inlet line to the pump and by mechanical action to the pump outlet and into the hydraulic…

Brunton Bank Limekilns

Relevance: 44%      Posted on: 20th November 2017

These grade II listed kilns are located north of Brunton Bank, near Chollerford. Historic England say that they are probably early C19. They are made of roughly-squared stone, with brick dressings to the eyes. Interestingly, it says that there are 2 adjacent 'triple kilns', with a common approach ramp. The westward-facing kilns have curved recesses rather than drawing arches, with single triangular-headed eyes, and raking buttresses between; partly collapsed circular pot. The kilns facing south-east have gable-headed drawing arches and paired segmental- headed eyes. Check out their listing entry – HERE! Wikipedia has an entry regarding the Quarry, which reads:…

Bower Yard Lime Kilns

Relevance: 43%      Posted on: 19th November 2016

The Bower Yard Lime Kilns are some of the oldest lime kilns in the World Heritage Site. A steep inclined plane linked the kilns with the quarries on Benthall Edge. Just a short walk from the iron bridge, the 19th century Bowers Yard industrial site, which includes the lime kilns, a crushing plant and railway sidings with loading facilities, saw thousands of tons of limestone from the Benthall Edge Quarries burnt to produce lime for the region's busy construction industry. The lime kilns were originally built during the mid 1800s and operated until the1870s, after which it fell into disrepair. The…

The Ails of Aizlewood’s Mill

Relevance: 43%      Posted on: 12th September 2017

The grade II listed Aizlewood's Mill in Sheffield was a corn mill. It was built in 1847 (or 1861 depending on source) by William Flockton of Sheffield for John Aizlewood. It was derelict, unsafe and ear-marked for demolition, but it was saved and now Aizlewood's Mill is a prestigious six-storey 19th century Flour Mill restored and refurbished into a fully managed business centre. The excellent design of this building secured the Design of the Year Award in 1991! How the Mill was Won: Having fought off attempts by Sheffield City Council officers to have the building demolished as unsafe, it took…

Minera Lime Works

Relevance: 38%      Posted on: 20th October 2017

The Minera Limeworks were once the largest lime workings in the north of Wales! It boasts 1 of only 3 Hoffmann kilns that were purpose-built for lime burning left in the UK! The Minera Lime Company was established in 1852, but the site had been worked since 1620. In 1859, the total output from the Minera quarries was estimated to be around 300,000 tons, with 200,000 tons of this converted to lime. On the quarry site, which is now a stunning habitat for wildlife, there are banks of disused lime kilns and the mighty Hoffmann Kiln complex (both Scheduled Ancient…

King Edward Mine

Relevance: 27%      Posted on: 9th August 2016

King Edward Mine is unlike all other tin mines, it was used for teaching practical mining from 1897 until 2005 – and still has the 1st year miner's survey course there occasionally! Home to the only full size set of Californian stamps in existence in the UK and probably in Europe! King Edward Mine is a Cornish tin mine located at the eastern part of the South Condurrow Mine, which was abandoned about 1890. It was re-opened in 1897 and developed as a fully operational training mine, by the mighty Camborne School of Mines. The plan was that the tin…

South Terras Mine

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: 24th November 2017

Activity at South Terras Mine spanned 6 decades, divided between iron, uranium, and radium production, from 1870 to 1930. Marie Curie, with her learned husband, studied Radium to reveal its crazy properties! The South Terras Mine is located around Tolgarrick Mill, one mile south west of the village of St. Stephen. It was originally  exploited  for its iron deposit; the ore near the surface is in the form of ochre, being underlain by magnetite. The primary ore of uranium worked at South Terras was uraninite or pitchblende, a variable oxide of uranium. A secondary zone of mineral enrichment occurred in…

An Obvious Inclination

Relevance: 17%      Posted on: 13th July 2015

Inclined planes, put simply - are purpose-built slopes. It seems like a simple or even obvious requirement to address the height differences on a transport system, but these were devised in an age when they were dealing with heavy loads and limited by available technology. Long before health and safety considerations, these guys had a job to do, a problem to overcome and the mighty inclined plane saved the day on numerous occasions. A to B had never been so much effort. The mining industries and the canals pioneered the use of the inclined plane. Even the earliest rail in…

GooseyGoo Glossary

Relevance: 16%      Posted on: 7th October 2015