Sunday, 25 September 2022

Thornes Mill, Wakefield

History

This steam-powered worsted mill was likely established between 1837-8, with the first building being the engine house. The mill was mainly used for yarn spinning, despite the adoption of a single storeyed layout normally associated with weaving.

Source:
https://yorkshire.u08.eu/alverthorpewiththornes/63766/

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Monday, 16 May 2022

Kelenfold Power Station, Hungary

History

Kelenfold power station was the largest electrical generation plant in the world after its construction in 1912. The art deco control room is now occasionally used for film & TV.

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Record Tools Parkway Works, Sheffield

History

For an extensive history see here: 

https://www.recordhandplanes.com/history.html

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Rose Downs & Thompson, Hull

History

The origins of Rose, Downs and Thompsons date back to 1777 when John Todd established the foundry in Hull. Products at that time included cannons and parts for windmills which were the company's first introduction into the world of oilseed crushing. As the Port of Hull grew it also became one of the world's largest centres for the crushing of oil bearing seeds and Rose Downs and Thompson Ltd. became a major supplier to this industry. By 1820 the company had installed its first hydraulic press for expelling oil from Linseed.

In 1833 Mrs. Christiana Rose inherited ownership of the company. She employed Mr. James Downs, who was to become a partner in the company and in 1874 her grandson Mr. Campbell Thompson also became a partner and the company name became Rose, Downs and Thompson. The company was to trade under this name for over 100 years and became renowned throughout the world as a leading supplier of oil processing equipment.

The Downs family connection continued for over 140 years and Mr. Leslie Downs, the grandson of Mr. James Downs was the Managing Director when the company celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1977.

During its long and distinguished history the company has played a major role in many developments within the oilseed industry. For example, improvements in the processing of seed led to the Anglo-American Press patented in 1874. This became the prominent product until the advent of the Continuous Screw Press. Another first came in 1898, when the company designed and produced the world's first solvent extraction plant.

From the mid 20th Century the company was a part of various large corporate groups including the Power Gas Corporation and the Davy Ashmore Group. During these changes of ownership the names Rose and Downs always featured in the company name and Rosedowns became a brand name known worldwide.

In late 1988, Rosedowns became part of the Belgium based De Smet Group, which was founded in Antwerp just after the Second World War. Within the group Rosedowns concentrated on oil milling and rendering equipment and in particular mechanical screw presses.

In 2004 the ownership of the De Smet group changed and soon afterwards the group joined with the Ballestra organisation to form the Desmet Ballestra Group. This change gave the group a greater presence in the growing Bio Diesel market, as well as strengthening it in the areas of soap and oil based chemicals.

Today De Smet Rosedowns remains at the forefront of the screw press industry, supplying new Rosedowns presses and replacement parts and upgrades for all makes and types of presses.

Source:
http://catalogue.hullhistorycentre.org.uk/catalogue/C-DBR?tab=description

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Ferrybridge C Power Station, West Yorkshire

Several visits from April 2017, December 2018 & May 2020 recently released for public consumption.

History

Ferrybridge power station refers to a series of three coal-fired power stations situated on the River Aire near Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire, England, next to the junction of the M62 and A1(M) motorways.

In the 1960s, Ferrybridge C power station was opened with a generating capacity of 2 GW from four 500 MW sets; constructed by Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) in 1965; on privatisation in 1989 ownership was passed to Powergen, then to Edison Mission Energy (1999), then to AEP Energy Services (American Electric Power) (2001) and to SSE plc (2004). C power station closed in March 2016.

Two of the four units were fitted with flue-gas desulphurisation (FGD) plant in 2009. In 2013 SSE indicated that the power station would not comply with the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU) requiring the plant's closure by 2023 or earlier. It was later announced that the plant would be fully closed by March 2016.

Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 is a 68 MW multi-fuel plant at the site which became operational in 2015.

Source:
https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/threads/ferrybridge-c-power-station-barge-tippler-west-yorkshire-dec-17-apr-18.113238/

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