Craflwyn’s 3 hydro’s. More hidden hydros. Nothing new under the sun!

The old Craflwyn Pelton wheel. looks a bit too fresh if the date of 1872 is to believed. (this is when the estate was overhauled)

Languishing in an old storage shed on the estate. The old Craflwyn Pelton wheel. looks a bit too fresh if the date of 1872 is to believed. (this is when the estate was overhauled)

As some of you know I have an unnatural interest in old hydros and am currently undertaking a heritage lottery funded research into the pre war hydros (there are hundreds!) As a follow-on from the new Craflwyn 100kw hydro receiving its planning permission last week i thought i would have a look for the old Craflwyn system. The new hydro is not the only one in the Craflwyn area. The site has two previous systems of which their remains can be seen. The Hafod y Porth system which shares the river (Afon y Cwm) with Craflwyn (the old weir site just happens to be the same area for the new hydro) The Craflwyn hydro is a much more elaborate system with ornamental ponds, man-made waterfalls, leats, sluice gates and such like. It used to power an old timber mill. As the old Welsh saying goes. “Haws cynna tan ar hen aelwyd” Its easier to light a fire on an old hearth. Old hydro sites can mean new hydro sites.

The old cattle shed / timber mill building at Craflwyn. The pelton pit and line shaft can still be seen

The old cattle shed / timber mill at Craflwyn. The pelton pit and line shaft can still be seen. The building is now a simple meeting room / conference building.

Old steel and castings, Gate valve, gear and pelton runner
Old steel and castings, Gate valve, gear and pelton runner

 

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2 Responses to Craflwyn’s 3 hydro’s. More hidden hydros. Nothing new under the sun!

  1. Keith

    As always I find your blogs a great source of inspiration and entertainment (for the great humour of course and not because they are ludicrous!).
    Alas I too have developed an incurable if not terminal fascination in all things historically and possibly hysterically hydro, perhaps I should feed you any rare finds in Scotland that may have escaped your sleuth and therefore add to your mountain of research? If there is anything I can help with as some recompense for all your generous help and inspiration, then, please let me know.

    Chris

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