Llanerchaeron’s Hidden Hydro. Water wheel power

Locally forged waterwheel in excellent condition.

Locally forged waterwheel in excellent condition.

Mid Wales and one of my favourite properties, which is the perfectly formed Llanerchaeron property in Ceredigion. I was there with one of our hydro engineers at the behest of Paul the General Manager to see what we could do with their water wheel. The hydro bit? Captain T.E. Lewes installed a DC dynamo on the wheel just after the first world War. The chauffeur was then responsible for looking after it. Chauffeurs are a bit thin on the ground at the property at the moment. (my kids have one though)

How do we get this almost a hundred year old system reliably generating again? Part of the issue is the water supply. Gone are the days when you could borrow rivers and now we have to work with the lake and field drain supply. The wheel needs readjusting, new generator and controller. There is something very satisfying about working with 15ft water wheels. Paul is playing with the biggest of them all in Aberdulais but size is not everything! More to come as we work through cast iron, steel and oak project…good honest engineering!

The launder (water shoot) probably needs adjusting, new generator and controller and we are good to go.

The launder (water shoot) probably needs adjusting, new generator and controller and we are good to go.

This is my very faivorite part of the property. the herringbone river stone yard floors. Real pain to do but stunning effect.

This is my very favourite feature of the property. The herringbone, river stone, yard floors. Real pain to do but stunning effect.

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