National Trust Woolbeding Gardens

In spring 2016 this rare and unique waterwheel driven beam pump will open to the public for the first time

During 2014/15 ICR carried out the restoration and conservation phases which concentrated on the supporting brickwork, sluice gates, waterwheel, transmission and beam pump.

These phases required extensive architectural and engineering conservation and incorporated significant material replication in conjunction with the sensitive retention of original components and historic fabric.

The pump house on the banks of the River Rother

The pump cylinders, crankshaft and connecting rod assemblies

Pump connecting rods and beam drop links

Installing the new English oak spine beam 320 x 330 x 6M  - This was an exact like for like replacement and proved to be a significant challenge

Refitting the main bearings

View of the new spine beam and end trestle

Waterwheel bypass sluice gate before conservation

Waterwheel bypass sluice gate after conservation

Conserved sluice gate operating mechanisms

New main waterwheel sluice gate

Detail of new main waterwheel sluice gate

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