J3452 : Pumping station near Ballynahinch

taken 7 years ago, 3 km from Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland

Pumping station near Ballynahinch
Pumping station near Ballynahinch
Ballykine Lodge on the Burren Road west of Ballynahinch. The house was built c1900-1 as accommodation for those employed in maintaining the adjacent pumping station which carries water from the Silent Valley along the Mourne Conduit to Carryduff outside Belfast (the pumping station itself is below and to the right of the house and is glimpsed in J3452 : Pumping station near Ballynahinch). This is one of a series of similar properties which were built along the line of the conduit. It is no longer used as a house but appears to contain machinery used in the pumping station. The property is listed with details available at LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) .
I realised what the building was by the red gates which, although modern reproductions, are in the style of the original BWC red gates - there is one nearby which gives further information on this J3452 : BWC gate near Ballynahinch.
Belfast & District Water Commissioners gates and buildings

Images relating to Belfast & District Water Commissioners buildings and gates found throughout County Down between the Mourne Mountains and Belfast. They are found in and around the Silent Valley and in numerous places above the underground Mourne Conduit which carries water to Belfast. The buildings are mainly pumping stations, wells or houses (mostly now vacant) for staff. The red gates were erected, mainly through farmland, so that BWC staff (linesmen) could walk the length of the Mourne Conduit and visually check for problems at the surface. The posts have BWC cast into the metal at the top (Belfast Water Commissioners - see J3452 : BWC gate near Ballynahinch for a close-up) and there are a few to be found where the letters are back to front! The gates are also found in several places on the Mourne Wall - see J2923 : Stile and gate on the Mourne Wall and J3228 : The Mourne Wall at the Hare's Gap for examples.

See also the associated shared description for The Mourne Wall at LinkExternal link .

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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 June, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 19 June, 2014
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Water resources 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 344 521 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:24.0167N 5:55.8094W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 344 521
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Pumping Station  Moure Conduit  Ballykine 

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