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Author Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexham
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Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexam
Posted: 30/07/2008 08:24:15
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Then Stublick it is - that's the one that is on the market for about £650k, with the houses and buildings down slope of it.
I've no idea of the present condition - have just spoken to an associate who restored something similar - breaking into the base of the chimney to make living accommodation - putting glass dome over the top to protect it - says it could possibly be done here..

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Posted: 30/07/2008 10:08:26
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Oh, can somebody edit the title to include the 2nd H in Hexham please? Big Grin IP: 90.197.203.42
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Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexham
Posted: 30/07/2008 12:06:38
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jagman wrote:

Top picture is definately Stublick


The others I think were taken nearby, if you look at the top of the second one it looks like the top of a chimney.

I know it wasn't far off the road I stopped as I was driving past on my way to Hexham or on my return, long time ago so I can't fully remember. Confused

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Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexham
Posted: 30/07/2008 17:45:46
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The top picture is of Stublick, the other three are of the Derwent Mines near Blanchland. The third picture is the important one, it shows the waterwheel pit before or during its excavation. It drove a crushing plant to the right, more detail of which is shown in the second picture, and pumping rods to the left just beneath the high wall which was threatening to collapse and has since been rebuilt. Through the arch was a balance bob, shown in the last picture. The arch is still open and full of even more rubbish but the timber and iron quadrant has collpased. Behind the photographer of picture 3 an arched passage can still be traced which conveyed the pumping rods actuated by the waterwheel to the Ramshaw pumping shaft where another quadrant angled them down the shaft.

If visiting this place BE WARNED the pumping shaft is UNPROTECTED whilst the drawing shaft alongside is quite safe. There was a steam engine here about 1810 but the waterwheel probably replaced it - it was cheaper! On the flat ground above the shaft the outline of a capstan pit can be found; the drawing shaft was probably wound by a horse-gin.

Site at NY 951473.

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Posted: 30/07/2008 22:24:57
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Thanks for the excelllent information Simonrail, I have some more photos somewhere. Now I know where it is and the correct name I will upload them correctly.

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Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexham
Posted: 05/12/2018 21:35:27
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just on doing some research for something i am on doing in the area and come across this thread bottom 3 pics are of the wheel pit and beam engine beam at ramshaw blanchland not looking like this now though



Brakeman wrote:

I have a few old photographs taken around 1985-7 of what I think is the area in question, but I am not sure , can anyone recognise these?





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Posted: 06/12/2018 15:24:42
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The bottom picture is of a wooden quadrant inside a below ground housing. Attached to the cast-iron headpiece at the top of the wooden beam in view was a horizontal rod which came out to be driven by a waterwheel in the open-air; in the bottom of the housing and out of sight was a counterweight which rose up and down as the wheel rotated. Another horizontal rod ran through an arched passage behind the camera position to the top of a shaft in the grounds of Ramshaw House to drive pumps in that shaft. Adjoining the shaft is another shaft (capped) on which at one time (1810?) was a Watt engine also pumping.

The early steam engines in this area were unsuccessful because of the high cost of importing coal so waterwheels superseded them until the arrival of the standard gauge railway in the 1860s when coal could be obtained much cheaper and led to the building of engines at Taylor's Shaft and Sikehead, the latter probably being a real Cornish engine.

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Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexham
Posted: 06/12/2018 15:39:24
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thanks for that simonrail


simonrail wrote:

The bottom picture is of a wooden quadrant inside a below ground housing. Attached to the cast-iron headpiece at the top of the wooden beam in view was a horizontal rod which came out to be driven by a waterwheel in the open-air; in the bottom of the housing and out of sight was a counterweight which rose up and down as the wheel rotated. Another horizontal rod ran through an arched passage behind the camera position to the top of a shaft in the grounds of Ramshaw House to drive pumps in that shaft. Adjoining the shaft is another shaft (capped) on which at one time (1810?) was a Watt engine also pumping.

The early steam engines in this area were unsuccessful because of the high cost of importing coal so waterwheels superseded them until the arrival of the standard gauge railway in the 1860s when coal could be obtained much cheaper and led to the building of engines at Taylor's Shaft and Sikehead, the latter probably being a real Cornish engine.


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Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexham
Posted: 07/12/2018 17:42:49
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Many years ago, the late North Pennines Heritage Trust was offered the funds to buy Stublick colliery buildings at auction. The Trust was outbid at the sale. The buyer did not appear to know that the site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and proposals to redevelop the buildings were turned down. The main shaft is right next to the buildings and the shaft top was then in excellent condition. The buildings had then be used as barns and some of the internal walls had been removed in earlier times - the structures would need some additional support to make them safe. I had a tour of the site and there appeared to be very little remaining evidence of any machinery, although it may have been buried at floor level. This coal mine was owned and worked by the Greenwich Hospital in order to provide fuel for the nearby Langley Lead Smelting Mill.
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Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexham
Posted: 08/12/2018 18:56:39
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ICLOK wrote:

Am planning a trip to North East, any further suggestions for engine houses of any type would be great Thumbs Up


Langley Barony is worth a look, although on private land, its sneakable at certain times. When they aren't shooting clays or pony trekking.

NY 82596 65905 or there abouts.

Or as mentioned above, stonecroft, however that again is on private land close to housing. Permission is usually given fairly simply though.

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