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Report - The old ice works Newlyn Cornwall - June 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Fishfairy, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Fishfairy

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    This was a permission visit . The building is still being used for storage regularly on the ground floor . The upper floors are becoming a little unstable . It is owned by w stevensons and permission should be sought before entering .

    Newlyn is a fishing town appoximatly 10 miles from landsend. In the late 19th century is was a hive of industry with hundreds of fishing boats going to sea every day. many images are portrayed in the paintings of stan hope forbes and other artist.


    [​IMG]Near the market is the Newlyn Iceworks built in 1903 to serve the pilchard fleet who worked out of newlyn. Water was supplied by a private reservoir situated in the village of shefield 2 miles away . The pressure from this reservoir was enough to pump the water up to the 4th floor.

    The ice would be made from a steam powered compressor on the ground floor
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    Which was later converted to electricity

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    water was pumped up to these hoses on the 4th floor


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    and poured into setting blocks (beneath these hatches)

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    The solid blocks would then be hoisted across the room on this hoist or, more often , dragged with large hooks.
    and sent down into this crusher


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    This crusher was driven by a series of belts down below

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    The crushed ice would then come down this wooded chute.

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    Later, electric ice machines were installed to make flake ice into a hopper.

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    The entrance to one of the hoppers (sorry - only had limited light)

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    so into the hopper - sorry again about the low light . You can see the the shaft leading down to where the hatches were.

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    A better view of the winch gear used to lift the ice blocks from the molds (below the red hatches) to the crusher ( to the far right )

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    View from the window (seagull not impressed !!)

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    Part of an old pilchard press

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    List of boats supplied

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    somebodys memories

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    Hope you found this interesting
     
    #1 Fishfairy, Jun 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2013

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