Second electricity generator mount, or orginal



Boiler room second (or first) engine mounting




Unfortunately, the boiler room was sold to the Weald Supply Company in the 1930's (thought to be C.1936) as part of the takeover and compensation package.  From the evidence to date it appears to have been dismantled and re-assembled further to the north-east.  This would also have allowed for the easier removal of the generating machinery, and is seen as part of the development on the districts electricity supply network.  The footings remain, as do the concrete mountings.  Other features include a complex water retrieval system, where rainwater was captured, filtered over successive height traps (of slate) and sediment beds and then fed into a pond or chamber.





Gas maker or coolant pump mount



Boiler or Pump Mount ?



At this time it is not clear if the  chamber was used to condense steam or to dissipate heat to cool the generating machinery, or indeed a mix of the two functions.  However, it is fed water from two rain water filters built of brick and slate, as seen in the picture below.    





Water collector slate filter, condensation coolant chamber



Water filter feeding rain to chamber 





  Cooling water, underground condensation chamber



Condensing/cooling chamber 





The cooling chamber holds about 2,600 gallons, useably. It is lined with waterproof render and built of brick as a subsurface structure. Such chambers were more commonly used with steam turbines from 1880 to condense steam vapour to water, or from 1890 as a heat sink to cool generating machinery.  However, it may have been used in a dual role with the reciprocating machinery and if that is so, then it was innovative cutting edge technology at the time.





Herstmonceux generating works, ancillary equipment concrete mountings



Other unidentified boiler room mounts







Herstmonceux Electricity Generating Works Circa. 1900 - 1936



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