J3728 : Belfast Water Commissioners gate on Drinneevar

taken 8 years ago, 4 km S of Newcastle, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Belfast Water Commissioners gate on Drinneevar
Belfast Water Commissioners gate on Drinneevar
These gates were designed to allow its operatives to walk the length of the pipeline from the Silent Valley reservoir to Carryduff near Belfast. At Drinneevar the pipeline runs through a tunnel excavated into the shoulder of the ridge. Close to this gate are the demolished remains of an air vent used to ventilate the tunnel during construction.
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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J3728, 141 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 20 January, 2016   (more nearby)
Thursday, 21 January, 2016
Geographical Context
Water resources 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 377 286 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:11.2960N 5:53.4767W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 376 286
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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