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Post by Stanley » 06 Aug 2015, 04:13

A little known use of chimneys for ventilation.... The Dixon stalk at Carlisle is still used for this purpose.

VENTILATING SHAFTS.
VENTILATION OF SEWERS BY MEANS OF TALL CHIMNEY SHAFTS.
This means of ventilation has been used, where permission could be obtained from the owners of shafts, at Carlisle. The Carlisle sewers, since their construction in 1855, have been ventilated by tall factory chimneys. This city
was one of the first to take advantage of this help to sewer ventilation, and there are about thirty tall shafts connected with the sewers. Messrs. P. Dixon & Sons, of Shaddongate and West Tower Streets, were the first to allow the experiment to be made, on the understanding that if it was found to be injurious to the works the Carlisle authorities would cut off the connection ; this, however, was not required to be done. The sewers in the neighbourhood of their tall chimneys are well ventilated, the current of air passing through one of the ventilators connected to the Shaddongate shaft, 300' high, having a velocity of 50 miles per hour, the pressure of air at the base of the chimney
being equal to a column of water 1.3” inches in height. From experiments made by Mr. H. U. McKie, City Surveyor, Carlisle, it was found the sewers were perceptibly ventilated for a radius of 400 yards, equal to an area of 502,656 square yards, or over 103 acres, and if the system of sewers and house drains had been laid out and executed with a view of being ventilated by this shaft the surveyor had no doubt the radius could have been considerably extended.
Leicester. No. 25 chimney shafts have been connected to the sewers of this town, and the Corporation are obtaining permission from manufacturers whenever they can to extend the system.
Sunderland. No. 9 shafts are connected to the sewers here, and the surveyor says they are not a success.
Great Yarmouth. No. 5 shafts, 50' high, have been specially built in connection with the main sewers to act as ventilators.
Coventry. No. 15 shafts are here connected to the sewers of the town.
York. No. 3 shafts are here utilized as ventilators.
Hereford. No. 1 shaft only connected to sewers and the effect is quite local, the few ventilators adjoining invariably act as down cast shafts and the chimney as an up cast.
Blackburn. In one case only is a chimney connected to aid the sewer ventilation.
Bolton. A limited number of shafts have been utilized as sewer ventilators in this town, and with good results.
Mr. E. Buckham, Borough Surveyor, Ipswich, does not share in the fear that damage is likely to arise from explosions caused by gas leaking into the sewers, and thence travelling to the chimneys ; he has not heard of such an accident and thinks the possibility of it occurring most remote. The fact that sewers are only affected by these shafts to a limited extent is, in his opinion, rather in favour of their use than otherwise, because where the exhaust is too powerful there is a probability of the traps of the house drains becoming unsealed.

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Dixon's Stalk at Carlisle.
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Post by Stanley » 07 Aug 2015, 04:40

GENERAL.
AN AWKWARD DILEMMA.
In September, 1872, a chimney was being erected at Messrs. Smith's Works, Alyth, Scotland, and had reached a height of 100'. One evening, when the builder was about to descend, he discovered that the rope by which he was to reach the ground had fallen from its fastening. After various plans had been
suggested and partially tried to rescue the isolated man, such as throwing up a stone with a cord attached and building a temporary wooden stair inside, the happy thought occurred to the builder of taking off one of his stockings and running down the yarn so as to reach the ground. The scheme succeeded.
On the end of the woolen yarn reaching the base a small cord was attached. After this had been hauled to the top an ordinary rope was secured to the end of the cord and the rope drawn to the top, by which means the builder descended in safety to the great satisfaction of the hundreds of spectators
who had assembled at the foot of the shaft.
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Post by Stanley » 08 Aug 2015, 05:53

The last of the extracts.....

A NOVEL DINNER PARTY.
Nottingham. At the Stanton Iron Works Company, near Nottingham, a chimney 190' high, 24' across the cap and 13' 9" across outlet, was erected in 1874. When the shaft was near its completion forty-seven of the workmen were entertained to a hot dinner at the top. Three young ladies also ascended
to lay the cloth and wait upon the guests during their aerial banquet. Considerable interest was occasioned by so many people dining at such an elevation. The cap was cast at the Company's works and weighed 15 tons. The shaft contained 420,000 bricks.




Transcribed SCG/ January 20/21, 2008; from ‘Tall Chimney Construction’ by Robert M Bancroft and Francis J Bancroft. Published 1885.
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Post by Stanley » 09 Aug 2015, 05:24

I'm at a bit of a loss now, I've has SC on life support for so long but must admit it's getting harder... Has anyone got any suggestions? Should we just allow it to die?
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Post by Tripps » 09 Aug 2015, 10:07

Don't go before you've given this two coats of 'looking at'. Quite scary actually.

Steeplejack - Have You Ever

I was spring cleaning my youtube account yesterday, and found that I had uploaded the other (donkey stone) steeplejack video, which 'Steeplejerk' introduced us to. I don't recall uploading it, though I had a personal copy of it. I found a comment from the owner of the video, saying it was one of his. He didn't seem to be offended at my action, but I've deleted it so as not to cause any possible offence.

He said they posted under the name 'wornlim' - you don't need to a cryptographer to guess he's connect to Milnrow in some way. :smile: There are are lot of other videos under that name. Just do a search on youtube.

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In my house keeping efforts, I've managed to disable the comments, and can't get them to show again. Quite annoying really as after over 1400 views, it's only the second comment I've ever had. I see that youtube is now part of google, and they seem to have more information on my viewing than I would prefer. I suppose it's the price we pay for the information which we gain.
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Post by Tizer » 09 Aug 2015, 10:39

Stanley wrote:I'm at a bit of a loss now, I've has SC on life support for so long but must admit it's getting harder... Has anyone got any suggestions? Should we just allow it to die?
I guess just leave it so that Google searches can still find it and anyone who then wants to comment or ask questions can do so.

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Post by Stanley » 10 Aug 2015, 04:20

That sounds sensible....
So, anyone who is interested, register oin the site and post in the topic, this is not a private forum....
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Post by Invernahaille » 10 Aug 2015, 23:31

Such a shame. So sad. Well played Stanley. Where have all the guys gone?

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Post by Stanley » 11 Aug 2015, 02:48

They're all out there Robert but perhaps have had a better offer..... The dreaded 'social media' may be more accessible than us or perhaps they're all getting old and grumpy....... Bit look back over the three series, what a ride we had! Such a shame so much was lost.
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Post by Stanley » 17 Aug 2015, 04:22

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Lux Lux lingerie factory at Glossop....
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Post by Bodger » 17 Aug 2015, 08:35

My wife was a comptometor operator at Lux Lux

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Post by Stanley » 18 Aug 2015, 03:45

They made nice sensible underwear.....
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Re: STEEPLEJACK'S CORNER 2012

Post by Stanley » 19 Aug 2015, 03:42

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Cromer Mill, Middleton from John Burlison. There will be more... He wrote: "Cromer Ring Mill, Middleton, Manchester, designed by architect Sidney Stott of Clegg St, Oldham, a mill which looked like a weaving shed, but was a ring spinning mill, the engine named Excelsior was a Buckley & Taylor vertical, and was scrapped in 1963, the chimney displays the two corbel rings at the top of the stack which was a Stott trademark."
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Post by Steeplejerk » 19 Aug 2015, 19:26

The Lux Lux stack was dropped by Graham Collins and Steve Gill,Bet it was a tough 'un,piece mealed down to that height before they gave up and dropped the rest..
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Post by Stanley » 20 Aug 2015, 04:13

Thanks for that. That solves a mystery for me Tom, I was wondering why it was only half a stalk.
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Another pic of Cromer at Middleton from John....
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Re: STEEPLEJACK'S CORNER 2012

Post by PanBiker » 21 Aug 2015, 07:34

Is it me or is that stack bent?
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Post by Stanley » 22 Aug 2015, 04:15

It looks so Ian. Quite a common fault when you look at stacks closely.
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Another Cromer Picture from John. Love the old Ford tipper wagon... Looks as though they carted their own coal to the mill.
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Another Cromer Mill pic from John.
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Carding and doubling at Cromer.
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Post by Stanley » 29 Aug 2015, 05:51

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The last of John's Cromer Mill images, the architect's drawing of the mill.
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