Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Old Sluice

The old sluice gate on Tarn Beck which once controlled the mill race which would have turned the water wheel  at the Carding Mill further down in Seathwaite. A carding mill combs out wool ready for spinning and at one time this one would have employed about 10 men.  When it was first set up in the 1790s the spinning yarn produced would have been used by hand weavers. The building today has been converted for other uses.    
Tarn Beck flows out of Seathwaite Tarn which nestles at 1,200 ft (365m) on the western slopes of the Coniston fells and as you can see there is always copious amounts of water coming down, the beck has broken its banks.  From old water power to
wind power, this is all that remains the old windmill at Hodbarrow Point, the photograph taken just as the colours were about to turn last September.  The name Hodbarrow is from Old Norse, hafri (oats) and riff (a ridge) so it is appropriate that this used to be a corn mill.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at O here 

8 comments:

carol l mckenna said...

What a wonderful place and info ~ Great photos and post for O ~ thanks,

Wishing you a peaceful week ~ ^-^

Melody Steenkamp said...

Wonderful surroundings, that sluice is beautiful, I expect every day of the year no matter which season it is

Have a nice ABC-day / -week
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jeannettestgermain said...

It took me some moments to realize that what employed people in earlier years,is now done by machines! Because I knit, am interested in spinning wool, etc. Love these surroundings, looking so peaceful!

Roger Owen Green said...

I LOVE the running water

ROG, ABCW

Trubes said...

lovely pictures Joy,
the country side is so green, I wonder does this water feed Tarn Hows,
I used to enjoy walking around there when I was mobile, must check if
it wheelchair friendly ? i will check it out,
Interesting post,
Best wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.

Anita said...

Lovely pictures!
Looks like a great place to visit.
Have a great weekend :)

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

what is that stick in the middle that looks like a broomstick?

Gattina said...

It looks like a very beautiful place !