Twyford Historic Water Works Open Day

An open day at the local historic water works gave me a chance to take a series of monochrome pictures today. Near the village of Twyford, outside Winchester. Twyford Waterworks opened in 1898 to supply water to around Southampton and the Ithcen Valley area, supplying some 5 million gallons per day, pumped from boreholes deep in the chalk. Original buildings are still present and looking around the main buildings will give you an understanding of the history of pumping water. There is a 1914 Hathorn Davey triple expansion steam engine with Babcock and Wilcox boilers. There is also a replacement 1934 Diesel House.
Water used to be softened with lime, and this was produced on site in a unique set of 5 kilns looking like big bee hives and set up high above the main works. The kilns, narrow gauge railway, and lime mixing equipment remain today, and the rare water driven engines that operated this and the railway incline from the quarry can be seen in use. An extension to the industrial railway is operated where narrow gauge locomotives and a collection of industrial rolling stock can be seen . There is also the Filter room where the chalk in the water was removed. A set of Haines Filters have been saved from a water works in Dorset and are being fitted to give the complete process of water production.

main buildings
main buildings
Lime Kilms
Lime Kilns
small engine driving a water pump
small engine driving a water pump
Main Beam Engine
Main Beam Engine
Showmans Traction Steam Engine
Showmans Traction Steam Engine
Model Engineers
Model Engineers
Small Listor Petrol Engine (railway)
Small Listor Petrol Engine (railway) trouble starting today.
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Andrew Finnegan

I enjoy visiting the coast and am working on seeing all the coast of the UK and over the past couple of year have been recording my camper van coastal tour in my blog I also blog places I visit which which you may also enjoy seeing . Aim of my blog is a Photo overview. (I am happy for my pictures to be used by other's but I will retain copyright and would request you ask prior use of any picture if using pictures on line please add a link to my blog)

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