Hidden Hydros – another one of those tours

Boys and their toys. 1929 Gilks turbine lost in the undergrowth

I am besotted with old hydro sites and found a stunning example of a big system. I have been trawling the net looking for images of old systems and lo and behold just over the mountain to me there is an example. I tripped over some stunning images of a Gilks turbine looking regal in its dilapidated surroundings. I decided to have a scout around this afternoon in the rain and sort of fell on the system hidden in the Rhododendron and Laurel. It’s a huge beast of a thing. It is linked to a monster of an air compressor. All of the pipe work is still in place (if a bit perforated) as is the weir on the river Ogwen.

This would make a fantastic community resource given a mile of what ifs’. Am asking Gilks for some info on the turbine and then to do some research on the ‘I wonder if its possible’ for a community group… pipe dreams but you have to start somewhere.

Update: 08/05/2012

Kind people at Gilks gave me some more info on the turbine

  • Alfred H Richards for Lord Penrhyn, Port Penrhyn, Bangor
  • Serial No: 3593
  • Year of Sale: 1929
  • Mechanical Output: 164kW
  • Operating Head: 13.72m
  • Flow: 1.52m3/sec
Update 13/05/2012
Have been in discussion with Dafydd Watts from Ynni’r Fro to see if we could find a suitable community group who would consider this project. Don’t mind giving them technical support. this type of project needs people to own and develop. There is a community meeting on the 30th of May to discuss. Lots of ifs and buts but you have to start somewhere
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5 Responses to Hidden Hydros – another one of those tours

  1. Great stuff Keith! By the way, your mention of a potential community resource brought back a vague recollection of reading about a feasibility study done not so long ago into re-utilising the power of the Galedffrwd river – the waters that once drove this beauty: http://geotopoi.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/felin-fawr-waterwheel/ (and also this one: http://geotopoi.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/galedffrwd-mill/)

    • Keith Jones says:

      It is interesting that the river coming down from Llandegai through Deiniolen is called Caledffrwd and it is also full of old water mills especially Fatri Sam where all of the writing slates were produced – wheel till inside from what i understand

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