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More Industrial Meanderings

By Chris Allen

I realise that I haven't blogged since my description of an epic day in London at the end of August. However, apart from two weeks out of the country, I have been plugging away and it is now time to bring you up to speed.

The weekend of 24 and 25 September found me on duty at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station and I used the opportunity to add to my collection of photographs of this large and spectacular site - SK2625 : C/D Engine House - Claymills Victorian Pumping Station  by Chris Allen SK2625 : Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - D engine condenser by Chris Allen SK2625 : A bucket of steam! - Claymills Victorian Pumping Station by Chris Allen SK2626 : Claymills Sewage Works by Chris Allen. I even got a PotY short-listing out of the weekend SK2625 : Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - boiler house by Chris Allen

On Saturday 1 October I had a free afternoon so popped round to the Avoncroft Museum SO9568 : Avoncroft Museum by Chris Allen and saw my first boat movements on the restored Droitwich Junction Canal SO9063 : Droitwich Junction Canal - in use. by Chris Allen (opened July 2011).

Sunday 2 October saw a long but satisfying trip with three of my usual colleagues. A long leg from the Midlands to Maldon saw us start with the Museum of Power TL8308 : Museum of Power, Langford by Chris Allen. This is home to a large inverted vertical triple expansion steam pumping engine that has only been restored to steam in 2011 TL8308 : Museum of Power, Langford - steam engine by Chris Allen. One of my old contacts has been largely responsible for overseeing this engine's return to steam and we were privileged to get up close and personal, both below the main floor TL8308 : Museum of Power, Langford - high lift force pumps by Chris Allen TL8308 : Museum of Power, Langford - low lift force pumps. by Chris Allen and above it TL8308 : Museum of power, Langford - steam engine by Chris Allen TL8308 : Museum of Power - steam engine by Chris Allen. Beeleigh Mill and its Woolf compound beam engine were next on the agenda TL8308 : Beeleigh Mill, beam engine by Chris Allen and we finished a local triple with a chance to look over the steam tug Brent TL8506 : The Hythe Maldon by Chris Allen. Finally, although we were flagging, a quick detour was made to see the tower mill at Stansted Mountfichet TL5024 : Windmill - Stansted Mountfichet by Chris Allen TL5024 : Watch the birdies - Stansted Mountfichet windmill by Chris Allen.

The 8 October saw me and my sister in Leeds and the weather was vile. Amazingly, two more PotY short-listed photographs were bagged SE3033 : Leeds Kirkgate Market - the 1904 hall by Chris Allen SE3033 : Leeds Corn Exchange by Chris Allen. Sunday 9 October was lunch with an elderly aunt and uncle but a quick trip was made to Selby en route and a little industrial archaeology was taken at a gallop - SE6232 : BOCM Pauls mills, Selby by Chris Allen SE6232 : Derelict wharf and crane by River Ouse by Chris Allen SE6132 : Railway swing bridge, Selby by Chris Allen.

The weekend of 15 and 16 October again corresponded with a steaming at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station and a few characters were recorded SK2625 : Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - the bacon butty queue!  by Chris Allen SK2625 : Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - levelling the fire by Chris Allen SK2625 : Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - tea time by Chris Allen. There was also my fourth PotY short-listing in as many weeks - SK2625 : Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - stoking the boiler by Chris Allen.

The 23 October saw me setting off for Hampshire with two of the usual suspects. Crux Easton wind engine was grabbed en passant SU4256 : Crux Easton wind engine by Chris Allen to Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum SU5009 : Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum by Chris Allen where engines were in steam SU5009 : Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum - steam engine by Chris Allen SU5009 : Bursledon Brickworks by Chris Allen. Bursledon windmill satisfied our molinological cravings for the day SU4810 : Bursledon Windmill by Chris Allen and we then headed to Milestones Museum at Basingstoke (where I took no photographs). Here's one I prepared earlier - SU6252 : Milestones Museum, Basingstoke by Chris Allen. The day was completed with a detour to Newbury for a preserved marine engine SU4866 : Preserved marine engine - Newbury by Chris Allen.

This brings us to last weekend. Saturday 29 October saw a local trip to Croome Landscape Park for a slightly less industrial but nonetheless man-made landscape - SO8844 : 'Croome River' - Croome Landscape Park by Chris Allen SO8844 : Croome Landscape Park - Temple Greenhouse by Chris Allen. I couldn't resist an infrastructure shot though - SO8845 : Croome Landscape Park - 'green' energy by Chris Allen.

Sunday 30 October started with only one of the usual suspects with a few pictures en route to Derby Station SK2626 : Trent & Mersey Canal - aqueduct over the River Dove by Chris Allen SK3727 : Swarkestone Causeway by Chris Allen SK3635 : Intriguing old building, Nelson Street by Chris Allen to pick up Ashley Dace for a fun filled day of industrial archaeology. We started with a favourite of mine - Darley Abbey - and we were soon hard at it - SK3538 : Recording our industrial heritage by Chris Allen SK3538 : Boar's Head Mills, Darley Abbey by Chris Allen. Next up was a very good guided tour of Heage Windmill - SK3650 : Heage Windmill by Chris Allen SK3650 : Heage Windmill - stone floor by Chris Allen. We finally got to the main event - Leawood Pump on the Cromford Canal - to find it very crowded and difficult to get satisfactory results, and here are a couple of Ashley's - SK3155 : Leawood Pumphouse by Ashley Dace SK3155 : Leawood Pumphouse by Ashley Dace (thanks for the cracking view of my bald patch!). The Cromford & High Peak Junction Workshops were paid a brief visit and again well recorded by Ashley and myself - SK3155 : Cromford & High Peak Junction Workshops by Chris Allen SK3155 : Cromford & High Peak by Ashley DaceSK3155 : High Peak Workshops by Ashley Dace. And finally, a quick trip to Middleton top in the gathering gloom - SK2755 : Middleton Top engine house by Chris Allen SK2755 : Middleton Top - derelict waggon boiler by Chris Allen - the last photograph is of a rare and deteriorated Waggon boiler.

Thus ended a most satisfying day in the company of like-minded individuals.


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