On Saturday 24 June a group of SLHA members toured the Isle of Axholme to look at some of the key industrial heritage sites.
began at Keadby (lifting bridge, lock, river port, power station, wind
farm) and then moved to the nearby Vazon Bridge (unique sliding
mechanism) at Keadby Junction, noting the water tower en route. A drive
along the A18 past the Pilfrey Bridge (complex of drains, including a
syphon) took us to visit Dirtness Pumping Station (fine building brick
building with 1867 origins).
The drive south then took us past
Sandtoft (ex-RAF station, now trolley bus museum), Tunnel Pits Bridge
(River Torne, pumping stations), Epworth Turbary (peat cutting) and into
Epworth (railway bridge abutments, gasworks site, tower mills) for our
picnic lunch stop near the former Belton Brickworks.
In the afternoon we
travelled south-east to Owston Ferry (museum, pumping station, motte
& bailey), followed by West Stockwith (canal basin) and finally
Misterton Soss (River Idle, twin pumping stations).
It was a thoroughly
enjoyable day. Special thanks to Chris Lester who organised the event
and also to Angus Townley for providing much local knowledge, and to
volunteers at Dirtness and Owston Ferry Pumping Stations for opening
their buildings and spending time with us to explain how things worked.
We are grateful to
Waitrose for permission to use their car park in Searby Road, Lincoln, to assemble at the beginning of the day.