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Offline Bilgerat

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Re: Hemp Houses & Spinning Room. Built 1729
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2017, 18:54:02 »
Pics restored...
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Re: Hemp Houses & Spinning Room. Built 1729
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2012, 22:56:35 »
Great pics Bilgerat -thanks for posting them.

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Re: Hemp Houses & Spinning Room. Built 1729
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2012, 18:28:10 »
Pics of some of the machinery inside the spinning room as promised:















Apologies for the not-so-great quality of the pics...
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Re: Hemp Houses & Spinning Room. Built 1729
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2011, 21:16:37 »
I'm in there every day at the moment. The machines are all still there and were last in use about 18 months ago. The dust extraction system (the large upside-down cone shaped thing on the side of the building) is currently encased in scaffolding and being repaired. I'll get some piccies of the machines and put them on here as soon as I get time.
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Re: Hemp Houses & Spinning Room. Built 1729
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2011, 21:48:32 »
Seeing the sign "smoking materials" reminds me that during restoration work on the floor of the ropery a great effort was made to establish what the pitch material was on the floors... after some analysis it turned out to chewing tobacco, used because of the ban on smoking materials... of course it had been up for several hundred years.

I will save the story of the funnel web spider found there for another day.
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Re: Hemp Houses & Spinning Room. Built 1729
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2011, 13:00:42 »
A postcard of the Spinning Room 1902:



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Re: Hemp Houses & Spinning Room. Built 1729
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2011, 21:46:52 »
The ugly grey structure on the side of this beautiful building is a cyclonic collector for the dust extraction system in the building.
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Hemp Houses & Spinning Room. Built 1729
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 10:41:33 »
The Hemp Houses were built to store the raw hemp fibres, most of which had been imported from Southern Russia, prior to it being made into rope.

It was originally a single storey structure but was later doubled in width and height.

In 1864 the top floor was adapted to house mechanical spinning equipment powered by a beam engine housed in an engine room on the north end of the building.





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