SD6909 : Lancashire Boiler Front, Bolton Steam Museum

taken 6 years ago, near to Bolton, Great Britain

Lancashire Boiler Front, Bolton Steam Museum
Lancashire Boiler Front, Bolton Steam Museum
This is the front plate from a "Lancashire" boiler. The Lancashire design which was patented by Fairbairn and Hetherington of Manchester in 1844, was the most common type of boiler used to produce steam in textile mills. A complete Lancashire boiler is over 30ft long, too big to be preserved in its entirety at the museum and so the exhibit is just the front-plate, which gives some indication of how it might have looked in a boiler-house.

This particular boiler was obtained from Halliwell Mills, Bolton and was manufactured by Hick Hargreaves Ltd of Bolton in 1906 for a working pressure of 160 psi (SD6909 : Boiler Detail). Other wording on the front reads:
No. 4538 TINKER. SHENTON & Co. LIMITED, MAKERS, HYDE AD 1901 NEAR MANCHESTER
The Bolton Steam Museum :: SD7009
Bolton Steam Museum is operated by volunteers from the Northern Mill Engine Society (NMES) who have rescued 25 of the old stationary steam engines which once powered the cotton mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire. It has the largest collection of working steam mill engines in the UK and probably the largest in the world.

The original museum was first opened to the public in 1983 in one of the original engine-houses of Atlas No 3 Mill where 5 of the rebuilt engines could be seen working in steam and over the following 7 years it became a well-known attraction in the area. However, in 1990, the mill complex was sold for redevelopment as a retail supermarket and the museum was in the way. Fortunately, the new owners, William Morrison Supermarkets, were sympathetic to the Society's plight and undertook to relocate the museum into another building on the far side of the site. Unfortunately, this meant dismantling all the engines, moving all the parts into the new building and beginning the rebuilding work all over again but the society now has the security of a long lease and has spent the last 22 years reassembling its collection, which has now grown to some 27 engines, in the new premises. The new building is ideal for the museum, with plenty of natural lighting and full crane coverage to assist with moving and assembling the heavy engine parts.

The Society's collection of steam engines now represents one of the largest in the UK. Due the fact that work is still in progress, it is not yet possible to open the museum to the public on a regular basis, although special Steam Open Days are held each year.

LinkExternal link Northern Mill Engine Society website
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Date Taken
Sunday, 25 August, 2013   (more nearby)
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Monday, 2 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Industry 
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Indoor 
Date (from Tags)
1901 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 6998 0988 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.0784N 2:27.2959W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 6997 0989
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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Atlas Mill  Northern Mill Engine Society  NMES  Museum  Industrial Heritage  Boiler 

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