Wheel Chamber.

mariarty

Bolton, United Kingdom

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This is all that remains of an ingenious pumping system devised by James Brindley a famous canal engineer. Shot at Clifton Country Park, nr Manchester, England, the former site of Wet Earth Colliery. It was in continuous use from 1756 to 1924.

The problems of incoming water from the Irwell valley fault were immense, simple drainage methods were inadequate and this is probably the reason for the colliery’s name – Wet Earth. Brindley suggested using a flow of water to operate a pump. Water from the river was led through a series of tunnels into the colliery, where the force of water powered the pumping system. The system was in use by 1756 and remained in use largely unaltered for 170 years. Dates and miners names have been found scratched on tunnel walls, pit tokens, pipes and all manner of mining memorabelia have been found in an archeological dig.

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