The removal of the shed meant we could get at the old lay-shaft that had been trapped behind it. This was not part of the mill machinery, but had been introduced. Richard had an idea that we could use it to give a better idea of the mechanical arrangements in the saw-mill part of the mill. To that end, he has started to dismantle it and shorten the shaft. It is proposed to make dummy wooden bearings and a dummy gear wheel to sit on the outside end, where it would have met the gearing from the third waterwheel.
|Where I crossed the river|
The evidence we have for the third wheel and its drive comes from some late 19th century photographs. So that we could get a better idea of the arrangements, I decided to take a modern picture from a similar viewpoint. This means the other side of Crowdundle Beck. I first tried walking to it via the road, but after a 35 minute exploration, I decided I could not reach the river bank that way. Later I set off to ford the river, armed only with a crudely cut stick and a pair of borrowed wellies. This was more successful, though the trees and undergrowth have advanced a lot since the 1890s.
|I got the angle about right - this is a combination|
of the 2 pictures
In other news, the timber and castors have arrived for the second grain storage bin, so Ray and Donald started work on that.