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The Last Commercially Working Watermill On The River Thames

 

Mapledurham Turbine

Mapledurham Estate was granted planning permission to replace an old turbine which is located behind the watermill. The existing turbine was installed in the 1920's and supplied the manor house with electricity for many years, but fell into disrepair.

Installing a new Archimedese turbine underneath the watermill has provided the estate with a permanent income from the electricity which will be sold to the national grid.

It has been a fascinating project since it started in Autumn (2010).

It involved demolishing the existing derelict turbine building and removing from the river bed the old turbine,

Draining the mill pond and approach to the mill for several months to commence structural work beneath the mill.

Creating a temporary bridge to allow machinery access onto the mill island.

Installing an Archimedes turbine approx 6 metres long and 4 metres wide weighing 24.7 tonnes

Rebuilding the turbine building with the correct materials to match the mill buildings.

All work has been carried out extremely carefully and sympathetically due to the mills listed building status, however timing was crucial as all the time the work proceeded there was the risk of flooding especially if the project over ran into winter months.