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26th Oct 2005, 10:10

This structure at Kew, visible from the M4, was constructed for what purpose and why was it made from the materials so constructed ?

Biggles Flies Undone
26th Oct 2005, 10:24
Is it a standpipe tower? Dunno about the construction though :confused:

26th Oct 2005, 10:28
Waterworks?? For irrigation of gardens???

26th Oct 2005, 10:30
It was constructed to keep out the invading Nords. Made from stone to repel the spears and arrows so often thrown by said Nords.

26th Oct 2005, 11:39
The campanile was built by Decimus Burton and built in the 1840's. It is 32.42m (107ft) high and was originally designed as a water tower and chimney for the Palm House to which it is connected by a tunnel. However, it was not very successful and two chimneys had to be fitted within the Palm House until a new boiler house was built close to the Campanile which then resumed its original purpose.

tony draper
26th Oct 2005, 11:54
Shot Tower,we had one here,yer pour molten lead from the top it forms into sphericle droplets on the way down and solidifies when it hits a tank of water at the bottom,how else did yer think they made shot for shotgun shells?

Or as it is kew,a place for growin tall thin trees.

Or on the other hand, as the Royal Observatory was at Kew,it could be a Solar telescope,a image of the sun is projected downward from a mirror,and forms a large image on a screen at the bottom,for blimping sunspots and such.

Then again, it could be just Georgian folly fond of follies was yer Georgians.


26th Oct 2005, 11:56
It's a lighthouse. Built specifically for the USN.

Biggles Flies Undone
26th Oct 2005, 12:01
I think you're wrong, Drapes. Just had a quick Google and it's what I thought.

There's a well-preserved shot tower that can be seen from the train when entering/leaving Victoria Station - in a park on the south bank of the Thames. I'm not too sure that the shot size went down to shotgun pellets, though - the various sized grilles were originally designed for musket ball calibres.

26th Oct 2005, 12:10
>I'm not too sure that the shot size went down to shotgun pellets, though - the various sized grilles were originally designed for musket ball calibres.

Did they make canon BALLS this way too?
Must have made a splash (unless they used a vat of mercury . . . )

tony draper
26th Oct 2005, 12:17
Indeed Mr Undone,the one at St Anthonys lead works, it was round had a domed top and of rather phallic aspect,pulled down in the late seventies,the idea that we actually indullged in industry at one time horrifies the fluffy tendency, so they tear down all the evidence.
PS Different size shot was obtained by pouring the molten lead through different sized grills at the top.
The feckers hauled away all the pit heaps as well,dunno where they put em,lent character to the old place they did.

PPS Googling is cheating in quizes.

26th Oct 2005, 13:02
>The feckers hauled away all the pit heaps as well,dunno where they put em,

As Fletcher revealed to Mackay in Porridge, when asked where they had disposed of the tunnel spoil, they dug holes and buried it.

jon s gull
26th Oct 2005, 13:14
was it once inhabited by a beautiful maiden with long golden air.
tall to keep out unwanted knight erant and airline pilots

26th Oct 2005, 13:33
jon s gull got it right, towers were always built for pretty maidens (long golden flowing hair a must of course):p

Wandering pilots and similar were encouraged to climb the said towers, good way to keep the populace fit... :hmm:

Darth Nigel
26th Oct 2005, 14:49
That must be why they pulled down the tower near Drapes then... definite shortage of maidens on the banks of the Tyne.

And one has to ask -- are the Liver Birds still up? (Other side of the country, but same principle)

26th Oct 2005, 15:03
It was a standpipe tower for the Metropolitan waterworks at Kew ( not the Gardens, but on the North side of the Thames ) The giant beam engines pumped the water to the top of the giant iron pipes inside to create a pressure head for the water supply. This was because the stroke action of the working beam engine would have not have provided a continuous and steady flow of water if connected directly to the mains pipe, causing all sorts of air and water flow problems. The construction of brick, is simply to keep the cold from freezing and splitting the iron pipes inside.The world's largest beam engine is still working and be seen steaming here, every weekend at the Kew Bridge Steam museum. Well worth a visit if you have a lay-over at EGLL.


tony draper
26th Oct 2005, 15:31
I think the Liver Birds are fashioned from concrete,had they been Lead or Bronze they would be long gone.

26th Oct 2005, 15:39
not the Gardens, but on the North side of the Thames Ah, so not Kew at all, then, but Brentford.

There used to be a worth-a-visit musical instrument museum (organs, specifically) either on that site or very close to it. Is it still there?

(former Kew resident)

26th Oct 2005, 15:51
yes SSK, and the museum steam railway is to be extended to the musical museum very shortly !

26th Oct 2005, 17:38
I'm not satisfied by any of the previous explanations. I believe that it was part of a project designed to prove the feasibility of solar power. The Ozzies currently have a project involving a tower over 30 times as tall... (http://www.enviromission.com.au/index.htm) :} As usual, Brits come up with good ideas (pre-BSE) only to find someone else making money out of them... :{

26th Oct 2005, 17:52
That's an amazing concept - was really impressed by the explanation video - how the water is heated as it comes down the tower to drive the turbines :ok:

Surely this type of project could complettely eliminate the need for either nuke of fossil-fuel energy in the next decade or so:)

tony draper
26th Oct 2005, 19:09
They are opening a Wood Fired Power Station up here today,one kids you not,they are apparently growing their own tree to feed same,so presumably we can expect electrical power once every 50 years or so.