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Report - Silverfish Pumping Station. Somerset. Jan 2015

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Styru, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. Styru

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    Just a little one this - but thought I'd put it up in case anyone local needs a starter-derp.

    Belonging to BAE Systems, and dating back to WW2 the Silverfish Pumping Station was used to raise water from a series of boreholes sunk beside the King's Sedgemoore Drain, Somerset. This water supply, raised by a bank of Harland pumps supplied the Bridgwater Royal Ordinance Factory (ROF)and supplied its cooling and firefighting reservoirs.

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    The building itself is showing its age - the black steel plates in the top picture were an attempt to stop the building separating in two - but you can see the severe cracking running floor to roof.

    Surveyors marks on the back of the building show about 3 inches of movement in the last 30 years.

    Seen from the inside the problem is clear to see:

    Front wall:

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    Back wall:

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    The pumphouse contains 3 in-situ Harland pumps, plus ancillary equipment, not surprisingly the 'Somerset Metal Fairy Corporation' have recycled most of the cable on site.

    Enough waffle - some internals:

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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. clebby

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    Like it.
     
  3. WildBoyz

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    Looks good. You've got some really good shots there.
     
  4. Speed

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    mmm shadow board
     
  5. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Less trashed than I was expecting,nice little mooch mate :thumb

    Before you post it on FB, can I be the first to say

    "I called round today but couldn't find a way in can you give me access details on a Public Forum cheers"
     
  6. Styru

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    Well I've already given the game away on that one, as the access is shown in the report, I'm just waiting for one of the b×stard mods to tell me off :)
     
  7. Mr Sam

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    just like a modern version of that pump house that popped up at Hams Hall about a year ago, has anyone swam into the depths of that yet?
     
  8. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Yeah but the FB squad tend to overlook details like that, unless it"d been Photomatix"d :rolleyes:

    If it"d been in Wakey, the steel wall plates would have been the first things to go, to make way for a Transit sized hole in the wall ;)

    TBF it looks more like a working Canal & River Trust pumphouse, we"re always short of cables it seems :)
     
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