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Posted: 23/03/2017 13:46:58
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At Penarth

Hefty bit of cast iron upended like a gravestone. I wondered if it was some sort of machine bed from a saw or something similar re-used for another purpose - looks like a centring groove at the top?

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Posted: 23/03/2017 23:16:31
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Looks to me like some kind of stay with holes for wire ropes/cables.

Is there any sign of a construction near it that might have been stabilised with "guy ropes"?
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Posted: 24/03/2017 13:35:49
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If you search through the many saw images available you may be able to confirm your original speculation. IP: 109.145.195.127
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Posted: 24/03/2017 17:42:08
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I think I can rule out a Stenner saw.

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Posted: 26/03/2017 10:35:04
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I've been wondering the same for some time now as well! It's near the old incline and not far from one of the adits (now blocked) but there's no wear marks to indicate cables moving through it and no significant infrastructure around it to give any clues.

Incidentally we were in Penarth yesterday, and if anyone needed those large white spray painted arrows and "WO" signs to navigate the mine you'll be out of luck; amazing what a couple of sturdy brushes and mud can achieve...
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Posted: 26/03/2017 12:46:49
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As the holes are not central in what I assume is a machined part of the casting it could be some sort of machine cross slide. The groove could well be a grease groove.
Do you have an image of the other side?
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Posted: 26/03/2017 14:25:57
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Depending on it's location on the site, it may even be a boundary marker, being re-used from it's original (industrial) purpose. IP: 87.115.163.47
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Posted: 26/03/2017 19:59:42
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It does line up with something on the hillside behind the building but I'm sure this wasn't its original purpose, if so it's massively over engineered!
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Posted: 26/03/2017 20:00:39
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Morlock wrote:

As the holes are not central in what I assume is a machined part of the casting it could be some sort of machine cross slide. The groove could well be a grease groove.
Do you have an image of the other side?


Sadly not, though from memory the other side is completely flush.
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