Monday, 16 July 2012

Anson Museum

we have decide to stay around Marple until end August as we found a nice mooring where we can leave our boat while we go away on  WRG camps we doing two weeks restoration one week on the lovely Cromford canal http://www.cromfordcanal.info/index.htm and the 2nd week we are going to go over to the Chesterfield canal http://www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk/index.php

so as we got a bit time on our hands we went back to Higher Poynton for the weekend on the way back we stopped at New Mills and had a look around the town which was lovely  there was this walkway over the River Goyt http://www.newmillsheritage.com/walkway.htm The 175-yard long elevated steel walkway spans what The Guardian described somewhat dramatically as 'the last inaccessible place in England', a rocky wall in the 30m deep Torrs gorge, cantilevered out over the fast running river Goyt. Visitors are now able to inspect close at hand not only the enormous railway retaining wall above them, but also the historic Torr Vale Mill on the opposite bank, recognised now as the oldest working cotton mill in the country (from 1788), and listed by English Heritage Grade II*.

also in New mill is http://www.torrshydro.org/index.php which is the first community-owned plant in this country and produces enough energy to supply the local Co-op supermarket  with any surplus being re-sold to the National Grid.  It uses the power of a small weir in the gorge and is known as 'Archie' because it uses a device known as a 'Reverse Archimedes screw'. shame i did not have the camera
we move onto Higher Poyton  there is a Museum which has a working display of the early internal-combustion engine
 http://www.enginemuseum.org/
starting a gas fire engine

gas engine running

another gas engine running

Perkins

Bentley W12 6.0l


Bentley block

pistons

old narrow boat painting
also at the Museum was a giant model of Poynton showing  the collieries and railways and canal at 1900
if you like  village history it is worth looking up
model

Macclesfield canal at Higher poynton
this is where lord Vernon's wharf was

macclesfield canal and the old railway

collier




collier



Poynton village
while looking at the engine museum web site i came across this site  lot of old photos of the canals

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