TQ2679 : The Science Museum - 'Old Bess'

taken 4 years ago, near to Kensington, Kensington And Chelsea, Great Britain

The Science Museum - 'Old Bess'
The Science Museum - 'Old Bess'
The remains of the oldest Boulton & Watt beam engine in existence. Built in 1777 and used at the Soho Manufactory to pump water that was recirculated over the water wheel driving the works. The single acting cylinder is 33" x 84" stroke and the pump is 24" bore. Only these large parts remain and the engine was donated in 1861. When it was dismantled a separate furnace was found below the cylinder to help reduce condensation and improve efficiency - a practice that was soon discontinued. This was the second engine built at Soho (although for customers only the lighter metal parts were built in house - the casting was done by select foundries and the wooden parts were sourced by the erectors).
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Date Taken
Monday, 9 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 20 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Educational sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 268 791 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.8406N 0:10.4664W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 268 792
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Beam Engine  Steam Engine  Stationary Steam Engine  Science Museum  Pumping Engine 

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