Growing up in and around Lichfield this has always been a strong landmark in the City. Since my younger days I have always wondered what it might house. We have made several attempts at this place over the years but today after hearing a rumor of possible access we finally found our entrance. Heres the history: “The oldest pumping station site belonging to South Staffs water, having once formed part of the original scheme implemented by the Company, shortly after its’ formation. Under the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company Act 1853, the Company was authorised to provide a more ample supply of pure and wholesome water to Lichfield, Walsall and other towns in the Black Country area. OWard the Earl of Dudley, on the 26th October 1858. The original pumping plant was designed and erected under the supervision of the Company’s first engineer and originator, John Robinson McClean MP a well known engineer and railway contractor. The original buildings (demolished in 1966) were designed and erected by Branson and Gwyther (Birmingham). Originally the pumping plant installed in 1858, comprised two (Nr.1 and Nr.2) double acting expansion and condensing, single cylinder beam engines, buily by James Watt & Company (Birmingham). The two engines were connected by a common crankshaft to a single flywheel positioned between them. Foundations for a similar, but independent Nr.3 engine, were laid at the same time as those for Nr.1 and Nr.2 engines. The Nr.3 engine was installed in 1866. Each engine developed 120 HP at 9RPM and hada capacity […]
Closed in 2007 this place has had a good going over by the local scrappers, still some very nice features dotted around but a real shame the amount of destruction and vandalism this place has had. Recently extensively tagged by graffiti artist Binty Bint. “In the early part of the 20th century, the British government showed considerable interest in developing a series of powerful radio transmitters that would join the British Empire together via radio links. Some of this work was completed by the Marconi company but the government decided to build its own Post Office-run communication station to avoid being reliant on Marconi. Hillmorton, near Rugby, along with Leafield in Oxfordshire, were chosen as excellent sites for transmitting….. …During World War II many of Rugby’s transmitters were used by the armed forces…. At the end of the war the station was reconverted to cope with the rapidly increasing demand for overseas telephone circuits and it was soon found that the demand for those circuits was outstripping the available plant. Accordingly arrangements were made to purchase a further seven hundred acres of land adjoining the site and work was commenced on the construction of a new building to house twenty-eight transmitters of the most modern type. The new station, probably the biggest ever built as a single project, was well in advance of any other in existence at that time in technique and in the extent to which it economised in manpower. The new station or (“B” Building) was put […]
A large house in Norfolk, previously referred to by several different names, but considering the recent theft of the many antique sewing machines from the property we have decided to rename it. A very spooky feeling to this house, still filled with the furniture, possessions & nik nacks the owners accumulated through their life.