Parkandillick Gallery 2

Parkandillick Gallery 2: This series of images is of the Boiler House and the Clay Winder House. It has to be said that it was an amazing time spent here, I must arrange to go back and get more images of the outside, sadly the film with the exterior images did not develop correctly.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.1 – The first view of the Lancashire boiler in the well preserved boiler house. This was quite a sight to see, the floor was covered with thick mud suggesting the house had flooded at some point.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.2 – The boiler house from ground level. The boiler is now an air container, used to store compressed air to operate the engine, it is incredible that it has survived in this state, it is unique.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.3 – On the wall is part of the Boiler feed pump, used to pump water into the high pressure boiler.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.4 – The front face of the twin flue Lancashire boiler, the boiler is still full of ash from the last time it was fired. The boiler was made by: H. and T. Danks Netherton Ltd, near Dudley, Birmingham.

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One of the adverts for a Lancashire boiler from H. & T. Danks.
Image re-produced here from www.gracesguide.co.uk.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.5 – These are the twin water gauges mounted on the front of the Lancashire boiler to monitor the level of water.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.6 – The area above the boiler, this is part of the two stage centrifugal fan used to demonstrate the engine. It delivers 700 cu. ft. of air per minute. Sadly we did not get to see the engine run, I believe it is only done once or twice a year.

The remaining images on this page were taken in the “Winding House” which is joined via a small doorway.
This room contains the small twin cylinder winding engine which hauled rail-mounted skips up two inclines to form the conical waste ‘sky tips’ of the type once typical of the area. It did this by means of two winding drums, individually dog clutched to the drive shaft. Either drum could hoist a loaded skip, which ran back empty into the pit under gravity, controlled by the drum brake. Chain driven dials, known as ‘miniatures’, indicated the skip positions.  (Courtesy of The Trevithick Society)

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.7 – The first view into the winder house, at the rear of the building is a “railway style” stationary boiler. In the foreground is the top of the winding engine.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.8 – A closer image of the stationary boiler, it must have been moved in here to preserve it, one of the winder drums is on the left of the image.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.9 – This is the preserved clay winder, steam was supplied from the main boiler by the pipe coming through the wall above the door, the circular handle was used to regulate the steam into the winder.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.10 – The twin drums and operating handles of the winder.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.11 – A close image of the twin drums, one of the circular skip position indicators can be seen on the right.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.12 – The winder from the front.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.13 – The steam regulator handle to control the speed of the winding engine, this was a wonderful piece of mechanical history.

The engine and drums were not designed as a unit, the drive being a local adaptation. The engine is a twin simple with cylinders of 12” bore and 14” stroke. It is of the ‘colonial’ type, which splits down into units, suitable for conveyance by pack animals into remote areas. Exhaust steam was led to a heat exchanger in the Cornish engine’s cataract chamber to preheat the feed water to the boiler, and thence to atmosphere.  (Courtesy of The Trevithick Society)

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.14 – An image of the cylinders and cams of the winding engine, it would have been good to see this working.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.15 – This shows the end of the twin cylinders of the winding engine.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.16 – A second boiler stored in the winding house.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.17 – A closeup of the single water gauge on this boiler, I would be most interested to know where and how this was used.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.18 – This image shows the front of the stationary railway type boiler, still with the glass water gauges intact. Made by William Foster and Co of Wellington Foundry, Lincoln.

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One of the adverts WM Foster and Co Ltd, the drawing is almost identical to the boiler in the winding house.
Image re-produced here from www.gracesguide.co.uk.

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Parkandillick Gallery 2.19 – Mounted on the wall is a code of signals for the winder driver, a real piece of history.
The initials stand for: English Clays, Lovering, Pochin, & Co Ltd.

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Parkandillck Gallery 2.20 – A close up of the code of signals, dated November 1956.

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