13 year search for a 125 year old piece of technology and it was under our noses!

Turbine behind the old farmhouse. this was not built for this site but more like the Gorsen site. pipe in the forground has also been moved from the mountain to the farmhouse site

Turbine behind the old farmhouse. this was not built for this site but more like the Gorsen site. pipe in the foreground has also been moved from the mountain to the farmhouse site

Today after clearing back the brambles and vegetation round the back of the C16 old farm-house at Hafod y Llan on Snowdon and i think the search is over. we have found the old hydro turbine. Ever since I was a National Trust warden for the area I have been intrigued about the Sir Edward Watkin 1892 hydro on the river Gorsen. We are now rebuilding this little gem of a site but I had always been interested in finding the whereabouts of the original turbine. We were under the impression that the turbine had been sold but could not substantiate this. Last week Wyn reminded me of a small turbine behind the farm-house. Today we cleared the site, had a careful look at the pipes and mounting and i think we have a winner! This looks like the 125 year old turbine which used to light Sir Edward Watkins nearby chalet. The clincher for me was the cast pipe feeding the system which is the same size as the pipe on the mountain on the original site. Same size and same makeup. It will never generate again but it does add to the hydro history for this site which we are continuing

The Watkin turbine building where the turbine used to reside

The Watkin turbine building where the turbine used to reside

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