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View of water powered beam engine from N, Wanlockhead lead mine.

SC 355380

Description View of water powered beam engine from N, Wanlockhead lead mine.

Date 1971

Catalogue Number SC 355380

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of DF 1313

Scope and Content Water-powered beam-engine at Straitsteps Lead Mine, Wanlockhead, Dumfrieshire This water-powered beam-engine probably dates from the late 19th-century, but is the best surviving example of a type of engine in use from the 18th century to pump water out of mineworkings. It was powered by water from a cistern on the hillside above. Originally, the wooden rod, or 'pump spear' hung vertically into the mineshaft. The action of the engine moved it up and down, working a simple pump in the lead mine below. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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