NS4276 : Sluice gate beside the Overtoun Burn

near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Sluice gate beside the Overtoun Burn
Sluice gate beside the Overtoun Burn
In the foreground, the Overtoun Burn follows a straight artificial channel: NS4276 : The channel of the Overtoun Burn. The sluice gate visible on its other side controlled the flow of water to a lily pond, which also served as the source of water for a domestic hydro-electric power scheme. See the link given above for the context, and for further details. Note that the pebbly area beside the sluice gate can be seen in both photographs.
Overtoun House hydro-electric scheme
This was one of the earliest examples of a hydro-electric scheme producing power for domestic use: in around 1892, the occupant of Overtoun House, John Campbell White (soon to be created Lord Overtoun), had a turbine house built to provide electricity for his home. See LinkExternal link for more on Overtoun House. The ruins of the turbine house are located beside a waterfall called Spardie Linn LinkExternal link on the course of the Overtoun Burn. Water was impounded further up the burn in a dam, which doubled as an ornamental lily pond. The dam is fed by the Overtoun Burn, whose channel, just upstream of the pond, can be seen to have been artificially straightened; the remains of a sluice gate are visible there.
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Friday, 17 February, 2012   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 28 February, 2012
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Energy infrastructure  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4255 7653 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.3546N 4:31.4085W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4254 7653
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