SJ9123 : Henry Venables Hardwoods Ltd, Castletown Saw Mills

taken 24 years ago, near to Stafford, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Henry Venables Hardwoods Ltd, Castletown Saw Mills
Henry Venables Hardwoods Ltd, Castletown Saw Mills
The location is approximate because venables is long gone and there is a new estate in this position with roads named after trees/woods. The picture shows a Belliss & Morcom inverted vertical compound (enclosed) steam engine driving an alternator. The position of the tachometer needle and the wisp of gland steam confirm that it is running. It was built in 1935 for a mental hospital in Denbigh and installed here from a scrapyard in 1992. It certainly ran beyond 1998 but Venables subsequently went bust and it claimed the engine was removed for re-use overseas.

At the moment there are very few (if any) working installations of this type in the UK.
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Saturday, 26 June, 1993   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 4 February, 2010
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Steam engines   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 913 235 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.5441N 2:7.7592W
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