You can’t see the pelton for the hydros. Hidden Hydros again

The old pelton wheel behind the farm house? has this been re-used?

The old pelton wheel behind the farm-house? Has this been re-used?

It’s all go at Hafod y Llan what with the two hydros going in but something unexpected came up last week. Wynn at the farm reminded me that there is an old pelton behind the old farm-house.  I had known and had completely forgotten. Another look at it and it has got me thinking! The runner inside looks like it was cobbled together recently ie in the last 30 – 50 years but the casing looks quite old and built to take high pressure and not the current few meters of drop across the camp site (lots of big rivets and thick steel). So much so that we are having second thoughts about the life of the nearby 1892 Gorsen  hydro pelton  which I had heard had been sold. If you owned the farm and needed some energy and had a redundant pelton wheel 200m from the house what would you do? Another mystery is where does the shaft go from the turbine. It goes into the wall and does not appear on the other side? But what is there is a new ish (last 50 years) brick wall inside the kitchen closing in a section of the house where the shaft would appear. Could be accessible from the shed next door? Did not have time for a good look…but i just wonder is it the 1892 Sir Edward Watkin turbine from the Gorsen Hydro which we are currently resurrecting? Time for a chat with an archaeologist, curator and to get some pruning shears out (wonder if there is a name on the casing?)

Inside the old farmhouse today. The shaft would come in to the right of this image. I wonder?

Inside the old farmhouse today. The shaft would come in to the right of this image. I wonder?

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4 Responses to You can’t see the pelton for the hydros. Hidden Hydros again

  1. Bethan Wyn Jones says:

    Ti’n foi lwcus yn dwyt?

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