Chatsworth in September

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Joined October 2012

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My photo of Chatsworth house in September, with the lake and emperor fountain, and view of the grounds.
The Emperor Fountain: In 1843 Tsar Nicholas I of Russia informed the Duke, that he was likely to visit Chatsworth the following year. In anticipation of this Imperial visit, the Duke decided to construct the world’s highest fountain, and set Paxton to work to build it. An eight-acre (32,000 m²) lake was dug on the moors 350 feet (110 m) above the house to supply the natural water pressure. The work was finished in just six months, continuing at night by the light of flares, and the resulting water jet is on record as reaching a height of 296 feet (90 m). However, the Tsar died in 1855 and never saw the fountain. Due to the limited supply of water the fountain usually runs on partial power and only reaches half its full height, but occasionally it is switched to maximum flow.12 The water power found a practical use generating Chatsworth’s electricity from 1893 to 1936. The house was then connected to the mains, and a new turbine was installed in 1988 that produces about a third of the electricity the house needs.

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