National Trust Cragside hydro. First in the World. Back to the future and some Welsh hidden hydros!

What can i say. The site is chock a block with hydro heritage. Williamson Brothers later to become Gordon Gilkes vortex hydro

What can i say. The site is chock-a-block with hydro heritage. Williamson Brothers of Kendal Vortex hydro and later to become Gordon Gilkes

Today and I was up in the  North East visiting a National Property I have wanted to see for years. William George Amstrong’s Cragside. If you’re into Victorian engineering or to be more accurate hydro electricity then this is the place to come. Between Quarry Bank Mill, Aberdulais, and especially at Cragside the National Trust looks after quite a swathe of the hydro heritage in the UK. Thanks to Robyn and Pamela at the property one of my hydro heritage hot spots has been ticked. The engineering is superb and with my modern hydro experience Cragside is awe-inspiring. Lakes, leats, pipes, hydraulics…(I’d like to see the planning application if we tried to do this in the 21st century!)  The heritage is all there to see. I was there to see if I could help with a hydro for the 21st century. Seeing if we could get the man-made lake infrastructure to start doing what is was supposed to do, which is to generate electricity again. More to come on this later I’m sure. But the site is worth a visit just to look back at what was called the “Modern Magicians” house

 

Its everywhere around the estate. (can you see the very small pelton at the base of the switch gear!)

It’s everywhere around the estate. (can you see the very small pelton at the base of the switch gear!)
But no visit to a hydro site would be complete without seeing a Welsh Hidden Hydro. Did not think i would need to travel 250 miles to see a N Wales hydro. Need to do some research but this could be an Edwards of Llanuwchlyn 1926 hydro. This twin pelton looks v similar to systems seen around Tal y bont near Aberystwyth.

No visit to a hydro site would be complete without seeing a Welsh Hidden Hydro. Did not think I would need to travel 250 miles to see a N Wales hydro. Need to do some research but this could be an Edwards of Llanuwchlyn 1926 hydro. This twin pelton looks v similar to systems seen around Tal y Bont near Aberystwyth. This one came from Llwydiarth Hall near Corris (just over the mountain from Llanuwchlyn!)

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