The Kettle Mill/Kettlewell Lane

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The Kettle Mill/Kettlewell Lane

Postby old-git » 24 Sep 2005, 07:43

The Kettle mill was built on what was called Lazar Hill beside the river Gay in the 15th century. Fresh water for Lynn used to come down open channels into pools, and later by wooden piping bored from tree trunks.

In 1682 the common dyke was recast and a windmill built. The water was raised into a wooden tank in a round tower on the town wall, by a water engine, using barrels. The engine was driven by wind or an artificial water fall, horses being used during exceptionally dry periods.

1725 - Showing the East Gate (Higate bridge) and the mill.
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In 1780 a new engine, three times more powerful than the old one was obtained. The new engine was adequate for the needs of the town but it was decided to have a steam engine, which turned out to be too expensive to run. The steam engine was discarded for the water wheel and pumps.

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Roughly the view today across Grannys Park. (Anyone know why it's called Grannys Park?)
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In 1829 a circular tower, or engine house, was built with a cast iron cistern on top. Water having been filtered through a bed of sand was pumped by a ten horse power engine designed by George Stephenson. Cast iron mains were laid to carry the water to the people of the town, but only those who could afford to pay were supplied.

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The windmill to the left was sited at what is now the top of Columbia way, Mill Houses. The one behind the Kettle mill is the Gaywood windmill
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In 1863 a new 30 horse power engine was installed giving an ample supply of water to all citizens.

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1886 (click)
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Remains of the rail line that lead to the mill, as on 1886 map.
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Site of the weir, as on 1886 map.
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In 1892 an outbreak of typhoid fever, due to problems keeping the river clean, spelt the end of the Kettle mills as a water supply. Work began on a new water supply, east of the old springs at Grimston, in 1894.

In 1898 the Kettle mill began being used as an electricity generating works for the area, the old tower remaining until the site was demolished in the 1970’s. On the site at present are the offices of the King’s Lynn Drainage Board.
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Postby CC » 28 Sep 2005, 20:14

OG,
I really enjoyed reading that. My GGrandfather used to walk be through there many moons ago. Nice work, thank you.
CC :D
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ARCHDALE STREET

Postby BOYBLUE » 03 Oct 2005, 19:53

JUST SEEN ORIGINAL DEEDS TO A HOUSE THERE THE HOUSES THAT BACK ON TO THE RIVER WERE BUILT FIRST BEFORE EASTGATE STREET AND BELONGED TO THE SPREAD EAGLE ESTATE
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hey

Postby delbert » 04 Oct 2005, 14:34

nice one git.........cc....that was one of my routes back from gaywood sec mod to chapel street ,through the allotments near gaywood river across road then more allotments which took me through near back of loke rd playing field (the wreck)and out to austin street area. spent many hours around these areas with mates ,got into all sorts of mischief. he! he!
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hey boyblue ,welcome to the forum
be nice if we could see docs,and maybe find out about spread eagle estate :wink:
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Postby BOYBLUE » 04 Oct 2005, 18:59

will see what i can do the deeds are very large to large to scan and are very old will ask if i can take a pick of them but not sure how to post them on here or how you get the pictures by your names
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Postby BOYBLUE » 04 Oct 2005, 19:06

IVE SUSSED THE PICTURE MALLARKY OUT
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Postby Mike.H » 04 Oct 2005, 19:42

Hi Boyblue :D
If you run into any trouble getting your pics posted, we are here to help 8)
Good luck with the scanning :wink:
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Postby BOYBLUE » 04 Oct 2005, 20:30

ok mike thanx
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pics

Postby delbert » 05 Oct 2005, 14:35

hi there if you look in helpsection,first topic "how can i put pics in my post" is very helpful

good luck.... :)
p.s. i cheat sometimes and take digital photo of papers ect ,then resize to put on web

looking forward to results :smt026
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KETTLEWELL LANE

Postby EWW » 11 Oct 2006, 12:07

MY mate fell on this railing and the spike went through his cheek.
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Postby EWW » 29 Nov 2006, 19:37

FURTHER ALONG THE PATH


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Postby delbert » 29 Nov 2006, 22:13

ya can see the top of that thing(what is it?)in eastgate street pic :o
could,nt place it for sure ,but knew i should have known it .
spent enough time thereabouts :lol:
"go placidly amid the noise and haste"
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Postby EWW » 09 Dec 2006, 18:57

I think it was an old fashioned cooling tower Del.

THIS PLAQUE WAS IN THE WALL OF THE ELECTRIC WORKS
FOUND IN A GARDEN IN DOWNHAM MKT
DONATED TO TRUES YARD.


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SORRY NOT VERY GOOD PIC

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Postby old-git » 09 Dec 2006, 19:12

Enhanced it a bit. :wink:
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Postby EWW » 12 Dec 2006, 11:16

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