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Offline Sentinel S4

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Re: Forstal Pumping Station - Aylesford
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2013, 19:40:48 »
I thought they might be but did not want to stick my neck out. It makes sense that they would be air vessels, only used with reciprocating pumps to, as you say, take the hydraulic shock. Have used them, in smaller form, on steam plant.

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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2013, 19:11:24 »
Ref the big pressure vessels at the frontage S4 queries. I was told they were airfilled accumulators which acted like shock absorbers to even out the flow rate from the pulsing pumping action before the water entered the mains. :)

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Re: Forstal Pumping Station - Aylesford
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2013, 18:48:36 »
What were the grey vessels along the front of the building used for? As for the RDC over the road it is used by Waitrose, I was in and out of there earlier this year.

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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2013, 12:25:38 »
Thanks conan! Good to see the interior.

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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2013, 12:19:17 »
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Re: Forstal Pumping Station - Aylesford
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2013, 11:01:07 »
Seems it was 'Listed' in 1999 but was 'de-Listed' in 2004 a few days after a new Planning Application was submitted.


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Re: Forstal Pumping Station - Aylesford
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2013, 08:21:46 »
I can`t remember which year but it was being refurbed and done up sometime around 2004/2005 before Morrisons closed Safeways RDC .

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Re: Forstal Pumping Station - Aylesford
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2013, 07:25:29 »
Excellent! Thanks Merc for your prompt response!  :)

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Re: Forstal Pumping Station - Aylesford
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2013, 21:40:12 »
It was built for the Maidstone Waterworks Company sometime after 1885, I think...

Looking through the "London Gazette" I found two mentions/proposals for a pumping station at Forstal.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/23924/pages/5927 (1872)

and:

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/25417/pages/5228 (1884/85)

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Forstal Pumping Station - Aylesford
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2013, 18:12:54 »
I'm afraid I know nothing about this place. It looks Victorian and I think its an impressive looking building. I believe it fell out of use as a pumping station some years ago. Its now commercial office accomodation.

Does anyone here know any more about it?

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