SJ8382 : River Bollin Hydro-Electric Scheme at Quarry Bank Mill

taken 3 years ago, near to Styal, Cheshire, Great Britain

River Bollin Hydro-Electric Scheme at Quarry Bank Mill
River Bollin Hydro-Electric Scheme at Quarry Bank Mill
This structure is on the River Bollin, next to the weir just upstream from Quarry Bank Mill. It has been constructed to house a 50kW Kaplan Turbine as part of a small-scale hydro-electric power scheme which is hoped will provide approximately 55% of the energy needed by Quarry Bank Mill.

The small opening to the left of the main turbine inlet is a fish pass. This will help salmon, trout, eel and coarse fish to pass over the millís historic weir (just out of the photograph, behind the brickwork). It will allow salmon to return to the improving waters of the Bollin Catchment for the first time since the Industrial Revolution.
Quarry Bank Mill
Quarry Bank Mill, on the River Bollin in the village of Styal, was founded by Samuel Greg in 1784 for the spinning of cotton and, by the time of his retirement in 1832, it was the largest cotton spinning business in the UK. The mill was originally powered by a water wheel. During the 19th century, this was supplemented by steam engines as the water supply from the Bollin was inconsistent during the summer months.

In 1939, Quarry Bank Mill and the surrounding estate were donated to the National Trust and are open to the public. The mill is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution period and now serves as a museum of the cotton industry. Commercial production at the mill continued until 1959.

Quarry Bank Mill has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.

LinkExternal link - Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate (National Trust)
LinkExternal link - Quarry Bank Mill (Wikipedia article with more information about the history of the mill and estate)
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 9 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Village, Rural settlement  Industry 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
River (from Tags)
River Bollin 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8330 8282 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.5207N 2:15.1371W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8328 8281
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Hydroelectricity  Hydro-Electric Scheme  Trees  Fish Ladder  Fish Pass  River  National Trust  Quarry Bank Mill  Styal Estate 

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