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Report - Don't Get Cockey, Radcliffe - June 15

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by concreteJungle, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. concreteJungle

    concreteJungle 28DL Regular User
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    A mill near Radcliffe has a goit running to it from a nearby weir, a small inlet allowed water to enter an iron pipe which took it underneath the mill and onto a turbine to produce power. Nowadays the pipe has fallen away and all that can be seen are the brackets that were used to attach it to the wall and a few rusted pieces.

    TunnelMon & I had explored parts of the culvert previously so met up to see if we could see the rest.

    The water from the goit still continues under the mill in a culvert, the majority of which is brick lined with a concrete roof. Allot of the culvert has large amounts of silt which makes progress slow.

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    Two brick arches take over later on which lead to a large chamber.

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    The remains of a retractable grill stood guard at the entrance with large rotting wooden beams passing overhead, the floor level drops again and becomes uneven. With levels well above our waists we managed to just get far enough to see around the corner where the water drops over an event horizon and down into a lower chamber.

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    Approaching from the other direction the water can be seen crashing down into a lower culvert from a small hole in the brickwork. Presumably the iron pipe would have continued from here to take the now fast flowing water to the turbine.

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    The lower culvert is double barrelled with one arm silted up, both lead to a brick chamber behind the water spout.

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    To one side of the chamber was a concrete drop shaft hanging over a deep pit, presumably this would have been an overflow from the culvert above should the capacity of the iron pipe be exceeded.

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    On the embankment to the side of the outfall lies what's left of the Gilkes water turbine.

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    A waterwheel built from old steam engine parts sits falling into disrepair shortly before the giot heads underneath the mill. This may have been used to pump water from the got upto a nearby storage lodge to be used as a head of water when the river was low.

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  2. Yorrick

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    Very nice indeed :thumb

    And that Gillks turbine is very special. Did you know Gilks still make water turbines?
     
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    Thanks. Yeah they do some pretty big ones these days.
     
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    Liked this mate, very interesting :thumb
     
  5. Myths

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    Very nice! Is this Radcliffe Bury?
     
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    Looks pretty cool that does.....nice pics :thumb
     
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    Cool! I live just around the corner!
     
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    Decent that mate, good photos to accompany too.
     
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    great report pal loving that old turbine
     
  11. The Wombat

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    Those photos are bob on :thumb
    Cracking stuff, i like this
     
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    Nice to see something new to me i think i might have to visit this one ,cheers
     
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    Berry nice
     
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