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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Twyford Historic Water Works Open Day

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