HERSTMONCEUX GENERATING WORKS  by Nelson Kruschandl © 1998 & 2005

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The buildings are the most obvious  physical evidence of the generating station.  Yet, other features remain on and in the ground as important clues to the type and capacity of machinery.  The dimensions of the concrete mounts and the flywheel trough indicate a medium size reciprocating steam engine.  A broken pulley of approximately 12” diameter, unearthed on site is similar  in  design to those  used  on Edison-Hopkinson dynamos.

 

 

 

Two Edison-Hopkinson machines showing pulley

 

       

The Edison-Hopkinson dynamo was very popular and can be seen operating in the photograph of the ‘Stockwell’ generating station.  The steam engine was however, probably more of the size of that pictured at the Manchester Electric Lighting Works.

 

 

 

Cast iron dynamo pulley - 12" dia.

Cable ends on site appear to be of the lead sheathed, copper cored variety.  Underground cables must run between Lime Park and Herstmonceux village.  

 

 

Drawing of small Edison-Hopkinson dynamo

 

Inside the building, wiring was secured inside wooden conduit.  This wiring had waxed  cotton, or similar insulation.  Unfortunately, it was all replaced in the rewiring process.  Only a small sample of the wooden conduit remains.

 

 

 

Subsoil cable ends

 

 

 


 

 

Herstmonceux Electricity Generating Works Circa. 1900 - 1936   Links:

 

 

Introduction  |  Instructions  |  ISBN  |  Batteries  |  Boiler Room   |  Floor Plan  |  Ron Saunders

 

Industrial Revolution  |   Lime Park  |  Machinery  |  Map  |  Power House  |  Argus 1999

 

Public Supply  |  Roof Construction  |  Rural SupplySussex Express 1913  |  Conclusion

 

Archaeology South East   |   East Sussex CC  |  English HeritageSIAS  |  Sx Exp 1999

 

Memories of Herstmonceux by Margaret Pollard

 

 


 

 

 

 

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