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At Houghton Mill
Video taken by my friend Steve of the water-powered mill at Houghton on milling day.


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Both the water wheel and the internals of the mill are fascinating.

I'm guessing that the river was diverted elswhere during the mill's construction until it was ready to receive the water. This makes me wonder why they didn't design a wheel that collects the water across the top, using not just the water's motion but gravity as well.

This is a undershot wheel, which is suitable for small falls - about 1m to 1.5m in this case. By making the wheel about 3m wide, they got the power they needed. The area around the mill is very flat, so an overshot wheel is not possible. The mill is about 30km from the sea, and 10m above sea level.

It is *very* flat country.

Edited at 2014-10-04 01:44 pm (UTC)

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