I thought this was a great find!
Your clue is - it was photographed on the bank of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal.
It was obviously of great importance once but from the signs of rust, doesn't appear to have been used for many years.
We, that is my husband and I, believe that this is winding gear which once operated a sluice gate to control the flow of water. It is situated by the Leeds to Liverpool Canal at Skipton.
I cannot help but think what a very interesting piece of machinery it is and that it has its own form of beauty. To me, it is part of an industrial heritage which is fast disappearing. But ... what a gem!
If any one has further ideas, I would be pleased to hear them.
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Kielia (22293) 2008-07-13 12:12
you are certainly right, such a winding gear can also be seen at the Eider-Canal, it was operating a sluice gate.
Very bright capture of this technical heritage and I also like the plants and flowers very much!
and I am looking forward to further contributions!
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-07-13 14:33
Bev, and the same type machines are here controlling the flow of water to the mills along the rivers. Here they seem to be long in disuse but the appear to be the same design, which would make sense sine we are NEW England... duh.
Nice shot, good color and detail.
Clementi (52514) 2008-07-13 15:52
nice shot a detail of this interesting machinery. I like the nature and machinery mix. excellent composition and good note .
feather (51128) 2008-07-14 3:07
I know nothing about such things, but it looks as if the gate is still intact at the bottom. I'm sure you are correct in your assumption. It's also a wonder the metal has not been stolen for scrap. You knew just how to compose the image on a diagonal, for most impact as well as for showing the most visual information possible on a 2D depiction. Well done
graffer (1800) 2008-07-14 9:22
A fine composition, of the contrasting soft greens of nature, and the rusty iron/steel of machinery. Those solid blocks of stone look as though they mean business.
If that is the canal in the BG, it's likely that it was [and still could be] used to drain water from a stretch of the canal between locks into a nearby river, for maintenance purposes.
Although it looks rusty, I reckon with a good squirt of WD 40, and it would wind up and down a treat.
To be really niggly, and as a DIY constructor, I'd like to see just a little CW rotation to make the whole works vertical.
LamCam (3603) 2008-07-14 14:10
I am pretty sure that this is the solid piece of gear which I photographed a while ago - by a small bridge towards the 'pie shop' end of the town. I only saw it in deep shade so my photo is poor. The good lighting which you have captured gives the contraption a real sculptural quality and shows off every detail well. The surrounding green vegetation is a bonus as it contrasts so well with the metal and stone. I certainly agree with the sluice theory, and that these well made, functional objects are very pleasing to the eye.
pablominto (53744) 2008-07-16 4:38
I think you're right about you assumption concerning the use of this piece of mechanics, but something is missing namely the handle!
Interesting documentary, nicely depicted in situ...
gunbud (34066) 2008-07-17 5:33
I think you and your husband are right!
Wonderful find of this once important but not forgotten machinery that is now beautifully framed by the lush green growth. Very clear colors and fine details to this lovely image.
colibriav (2146) 2008-08-09 6:52
has captado una bella pieza de museo, en tiempos pasados se las tenian que ingeniar para hacer funcionar las cosas de la manera mas sencilla y duradera posible.
Esta pieza nos llega hasta nuestros dias en muy buen estado de conservacion.
Las verdes plantas de los alrededores hacen una bonita fotografia veraniega.
Un saludo desde Espaņa_
boa (5430) 2009-04-23 14:56
an old but great design, i just love old mechanical solutions like this ! Beautifully framed in nature, with excellent colors and light. I hope someone can give it some grease from time to time, because it is worth it ! Great shot and Tfs !
Best regards from stockholm
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (24312)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Ruins
- Camera: Casio Exilim EX-S100
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-07-13 12:07