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Report - Stanley Dock Hydraulic Tower, Liverpool - Feb 08

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by northcave, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. northcave

    northcave blatant is the new covert
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    It could be argued that Stanley dock as a whole is one explore but to be fair there are 5-6 separate explores each with their own history and structurally independent of one another. This, along with the fact i have too many photos, is the reason i have broken them up into separate reports.

    For clarification the locations of each explore:

    Hydraulic Tower
    Original North Warehouse
    Tobacco Warehouse
    Grain Silo
    Bascule bridge

    With the expansion of Liverpool's docks in the 1800s, a new dock was built in-land of the waterfront. This dock, named Stanley Dock, also connected the dock system with the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

    The hydraulic tower was built in around 1852-55. Built from granite blocks, the octagonal tower housed a large accumulator, designed to store water under pressure. This water was then used to supply hydraulic power to capstans, lifting machinery and presses around the dock. The tower was adjoined by a pump house, built from brick with a tall chimney. Here a stationary steam engine powered a pump to keep the accumulator charged. Today the pump house is little more than a ruin, although the accumulator tower remains virtually intact.

    Originally went with TristenJay and Needles during the day to scope out the Tobacco Warehouse, the more modern of the various structures in Stanley Dock (built 1900).

    To cut a long story short we didn't get in. We then decided to reconvene that night along with 'someone else' to check out this hydraulic tower amongst other things.

    Although the explore was good it felt more like a guided tour since a couple of the others had been in a couple of times previously. I went back with Chodjinn a couple of nights later for a real look around.








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  2. skgogosfan

    skgogosfan 28DL Full Member
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    Re: Stanley Dock Hydraulic Tower, Liverpool - Feb 08, REPORT


    That's a great shot-like stairs down to some old castle dungeons! Excellent report-I've never seen inside there before,always wondered what exactly it even was,it's like a turret missing its castle!

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