NS4276 : Remains of a turbine house

taken 8 years ago, near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Remains of a turbine house
Remains of a turbine house
For further details, see NS4276 : Remains of a turbine house and NS4276 : Remains of a turbine house, which are views in the opposite direction along the same ruin. The present photograph provides further context; one of the woodland walks of the Overtoun Estate can be seen in the foreground, on the right. Ahead, that path curves to the left, disappearing behind the far end of the turbine house. In the left foreground, part of a makeshift shelter is visible.

On the other side of the path from the turbine house, the land slopes down towards the Overtoun Burn, which is unseen in this view.

The area appears wet in this photograph, and it is. Many days of heavy rain had caused some flooding in the town (Dumbarton). Here, in the higher ground of the Overtoun Estate, flooding was less of a problem, but the prolonged rain had caused several small landslips, which damaged or destroyed some sections of this network of paths.
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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Date Taken
Friday, 2 December, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 7 December, 2011
Geographical Context
Energy infrastructure  Derelict, Disused 
Ruin (from Tags)
Turbine House 
Period (from Tags)
19th Century 
Near (from Tags)
The Overtoun Burn 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4222 7604 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.0842N 4:31.7081W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4221 7605
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Hydro Electric Power 

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