J3728 : The remains of the demolished tunnel shaft tower on Drinneevar

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

The remains of the demolished tunnel shaft tower on Drinneevar
The remains of the demolished tunnel shaft tower on Drinneevar
This former ventilation shaft tower was constructed to ventilate the southern section of the Belfast Water Commissioners 2.5 mile tunnel running through the Drinneevar Ridge and on to Drinnahilly Mountain at a depth of 600 feet below the ridge. The tunnel carrying water abstracted from the Kilkeel and Annalong Rivers was completed in 1901 some 30 years before the Silent Valley Reservoir was constructed. The Drinneevar tower was demolished at the insistence of the land owner - the Earl Annesley as soon as the tunnel was completed. Hidden in the forest, Drinnahilly tower - built to ventilate the northern section of the tunnel - survives.
The Drinneevar ventilation shaft tower is visible in this old postcard
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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)
Monday, 25 January, 2016
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Water resources 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 376 287 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:11.3297N 5:53.5578W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 375 287
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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