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Report - Tone Mill - Wellington - October 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Idavoll, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. Idavoll

    Idavoll Who?
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    I've been rather lazy with my reports so thought I'll post something up from last year. Tone was my first mill and though it's obviously seen better days I thought it still had a certain charm about it. Big thanks to WhoDaresWins for this little jaunt. :)

    History

    Tone Mill was the last woolen mill in the West Country and was built in 1830 for the Fox Brothers Company. Though originally completely water-powered, the Mill later had an electric motor installed to supplement the water-wheel during times of drought, although the water wheel continued to be used for many decades after.

    The works finally closed in 2000 and production was moved to a more contemporary location. Despite being derelict for many years, the mill still has many pieces of the original machinery used as well as cloth and carpet samples.


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    And because no day out would be complete without getting up high:

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    Thanks for looking.
     

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  2. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    Never too late to post up a report. Liking you're photos. Glad you enjoyed it. Think I still have that bump on my head :banghead
     
  3. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nicely shot mate :thumb

    Glad to see it"s still standing :)
     
  4. LINESHAFT

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    What was that cone shaped pulley used for?( on the end of the shaft)
     
  5. Idavoll

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    The cone shaped pulley is the slave side of a variomatic gearbox assembly to allow the chain drive above to go faster or slower dependent on what they are working on.
     
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    Great report. i never tire of seeing this place. been twice now (bit of a trek for us), its even manageable even on crutches lol
     
  7. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    Noiceeee. Glad to see you got up high at the back too, some people don't bother with that... Offers a fine view of Wellingtonian land :)
     
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