Andrew Sawyer, Property Curator at Cragside, explains how they’re recreating history with the return of hydroelectricity:
In 1878 a miracle was performed at Cragside in Northumberland when Lord Armstrong turned water into light to make it the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.
He achieved this by lighting arc lamps, for his picture gallery, with power derived from a neighbouring brook.
A new Archimedes screw at
Cragside in Northumberland will harness the power of water to relight this grand Victorian house just as its previous owner Lord Armstrong did back in 1878. Continue reading
Posted in conservation, Corporate, Cultural heritage, Energy, Special Places |
Tagged Archimedes screw, Cragside, Good Energy, hydroelectricity, Lord Armstrong, National Trust, Northumberland, patrick begg, Sarah Pemberton |
Water power has returned to a historic beauty spot that the
National Trust looks after in Wales this week, following the restoration of Europe’s largest electricity generating waterwheel.
Watch BBC One’s Countryfile this Sunday from 6.30pm to see the big switch-on.
Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall, South Wales (National Trust / Paul Harris)
Posted in Energy |
Tagged Aberdulais, Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall, archaeology, Countryfile, Good Energy, hydro, hydroelectricity, National Trust, Renewable energy, Renewables, Shauna Lowry, tinworks, waterwheel |