We have four beam engines by Gimson of Leicester 1885, Five boilers Thompson 1936-37, Steam driven workshop, Forge and a 1930's dynamo house with early (1890's) Crompton dynamo driven by a Buxton and Thornley steam engine.
Hilton Gravel Pit Walk June 2018
Derby Photographic Society members met at Hilton Gravel Pit for the second event of the 2018 summer programme. Although the weather was overcast and slightly damp, it was possible to see and hear plenty of wildlife as we enjoyed a gentle stroll around the lakes. The reserve, run by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, is easy to access and offers plenty of benches for weary feet to rest and recover.
We then made our way to the Seven Wells pub, near Etwall, which was only a short distance away, for a filling meal.
Rockingham Castle June 2018
A few members decided not to stay at home to watch the England v Panama World Cup match, but visited Rockingham Castle near Corby. Built by William the Conqueror, it has a commanding view over the surrounding countryside. Originally a Motte and Bailey construction, the Great Hall, chapel and living quarters were surrounded by a massive curtain wall, with an entrance between two round towers. In 1544 Edward Watson obtained a lease on the castle and it has remained in the Watson family since that time.
A knowledgeable guide gave us an interesting account of the history before taking us round the extensive gardens , a main feature of which was the lovely rose garden. After that we were able to explore the interior of the castle, but photography was not allowed. The view of the complete castle is from the guide book, which I bought and the view of the courtyard is one of the few images I was able to take before a malfunction of my Lumix camera. It had been put on to K4 mode and I have only just managed to disable it!!
Foxton Locks July 2018
In 1810, the builders of the Grand Union Canal had to overcome a 75 foot hill at Foxton. Their solution was to build two flights of five locks, with a passing pond between the two. The top gate of one lock becomes the bottom gate of the next one. In 1900 an inclined plane was added to relieve congestion on the locks. It consisted of two tanks, which carried the boats up the incline and took only 12 minutes to move the boats up, compared to the 45 minutes through the locks. Sadly the other locks on the canal network could not support the additional traffic needed to sustain the boat lift and it was mothballed after only 11 years in service.
On a glorious Saturday in July, 11 members visited Foxton and spent an interesting afternoon at the canal, enjoying a boat trip along part of the canal. After that we watched boats being moved up the locks, helped along by volunteers manning the lock gates. A number of boats are sent up the staircase and then an equal number are able to descend. A visit to the excellent displays in the museum showed the history of the canal. It was a most enjoyable afternoon.