Revisiting the iconic: the excavation of the reelfitz pit engine and the newcomen steam engine in Cumberland, UK
Nevell, MD and George, D 2014, 'Revisiting the iconic: the excavation of the reelfitz pit engine and the newcomen steam engine in Cumberland, UK' , Industrial Archaeology Review, 36 (2) , pp. 128-140.
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Examples of excavated 18th century stationary steam engine sites are very rare in Britain. This article records the rescue excavations ahead of road-building works of one such site in 1974-5 at Reelfitz Pit in Little Clifton, Cumberland. The Reelfitz Pit pumping engine was built around 1780 and abandoned in 1781. The remains uncovered show that the site had two external boilers and a narrow engine house with a cylinder on the ground floor. The excavation uncovered three engine parts from within the engine house: the piston flange from the cylinder, the connecting link from the piston rod to the beam and one of the chain links which fitted into the piston head. The current work discusses the site in terms of the development of the West Cumberland coal field and in the context of the surviving 18th century Newcomen engines.
|Themes:||Built and Human Environment
Memory, Text and Place
|Schools:||Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Industrial Archaeology Review|
|Funders:||Manchester Region Industrial archaoelogy Society|
|Depositing User:||Dr Michael Nevell|
|Date Deposited:||02 Feb 2015 12:22|
|Last Modified:||02 Feb 2015 12:22|
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