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Bluebird Electric on display in Campbell Hall

 

CAMPBELL HALL - The land speed record cars that are housed in this building are the connection to the famous racing family, hence the name. Seen in the picture above is the Bluebird Electric BE2. The BE1 is housed below and the BE3 (LSR) & BE4 (sports road car) will be joining the two extant exhibits once the glazing and security equipment is completely fitted. The Bluebird Electric 1 and 2 cars launched the career of the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell, the nephew of Donald Campbell OBE, who fatally somersaulted his jet powered Bluebird K7 boat on Coniston Water on the 4th of January 1967.

 

 

 

TIMBER - Armed with a new 12" circular slide saw and our trusty B&Q 8" (50 DIY) companion. we set about making the trusses for a pitched roof to supplement the sloping roof - consisting of corrugated iron dating from WWII. The iron was removed from the main building some years ago. It seemed a shame to waste it, but it leaked on the exhibits. It is more work of course to keep the iron. As you can see from the above picture, the angles for the rafters were worked out and the required number of 'A' frames pre-cut. Please not that this picture is Copyright Lime Park Heritage Trust July 4 2016, all rights reserved. You will need permission from the Trust to use this photograph except for private study or research.

 

 

Inviting the public in to see our exhibits requires a lot of preparation. Instead of a jumble of stacked memorabilia, it is necessary to present the archaeological and other more recent objects of interest in a surrounding where walking about the grounds from times past is a rewarding experience.

 

 

BEAMS - The beam section of the trusses were fixed to the original roof, through to the 9" support beams below - at 90 degrees to the direction of the beefy items. You have to be very careful to mark and drill to hit the center of the beams below, or the fixing will fail. if you do miss with the odd one, go below to see where the nail or screw came through and re-fix allowing for any error. Please not that this picture is Copyright Lime Park Heritage Trust July 4 2016, all rights reserved. You will need permission from the Trust to use this photograph except for private study or research.

 

 

 

ERECTION - Having installed the base timbers, the two most important frames are put in place. Note the rope that is used to position the rafters upright. Once the angles are checked with a good spirit level, the ropes can be tied off at either end and the ridge beam slotted into place. Final adjustments can be made to get the ridge beam level, using shims, and of course a spirit level.  Please not that this picture is Copyright Lime Park Heritage Trust July 4 2016, all rights reserved. You will need permission from the Trust to use this photograph except for private study or research.

 


INSTALLATION

Where the generating installation will be interesting to students studying man's social advancement, we are interleaving the electricity finds from the turn of the century with other items that were developed and built on the site in the intervening years. This is because of the remarkable coincidence involving electric vehicles and similar forward thinking that was the very reason that Baron de Roemer put his plan for electrification of the village into action. The site now includes a think tank module for sustainable development, operated by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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OTHER EXHIBITS

 

The Trust has secured display rights to some of the vehicles that were built on the site after electricity generation ceased in 1936. The challenge is to house the exhibits and keep the generating buildings in good order, where there is still no recognized beneficial use. Though the council have been asked to correct the defective data in their registers, and who knows this may lead to local recognition, where internationally the building is better known.

 

 

 

PITCHED ROOF - Here we see the effect of the trusses fitted to the outbuilding. It will blend in far better than the existing simple sloping iron roof, especially once it is boarded and treated. The aim is to keep the iron as a fire barrier precaution. This approach had been adopted on the main museum buildings. Please not that this picture is Copyright Lime Park Heritage Trust July 6 2016, all rights reserved. You will need permission from the Trust to use this photograph except for private study or research.

 

 

MIXING - When mixing cement or concrete, consistency is important. This 140 liter mixer was purchased via Amazon for only 160. You have to assemble it yourself, but at that price it is worth the bother.  Please not that this picture is Copyright Lime Park Heritage Trust July 8 2016, all rights reserved. You will need permission from the Trust to use this photograph except for private study or research.

 

 

 

CONCRETE - Where imported hard clay (stabilized earth) had provided a reasonably solid base to walk on for several years, we used the hardcore that had been stored at this location for about 25 years, mainly to get rid of the eyesore, while at the same time putting it to good use. There had been a building on this site previously. We kept some of the original brickwork in one corner to remind us where the wall ran west-east. Indeed, the stabilized earth that you can see as the far wall, is an import for previous buildings. Please not that this picture is Copyright Lime Park Heritage Trust July 8 2016, all rights reserved. You will need permission from the Trust to use this photograph except for private study or research.

 

 

 

BARRIER - Though not essential for an outbuilding, garage or stables, a breather membrane allows moisture out, while preventing water getting in - so protecting the exhibits better.  Please not that this picture is Copyright Lime Park Heritage Trust July 9 2016, all rights reserved. You will need permission from the Trust to use this photograph except for private study or research.

 

 

 

BOARDING - More pleasing to the eye and matching the generating buildings, feather edged boarding is more durable than the larch panels it replaces. To complete the blend in, the exterior will be treated with Ronseal's Total wood treatment to give a dark brown finish.  Please not that this picture is Copyright Lime Park Heritage Trust July 9 2016, all rights reserved. You will need permission from the Trust to use this photograph except for private study or research.

 

 

 

STABLES - This outbuilding was originally a store with a view to being a stables. It is still ideal for that use should horses come back into the equation - and who knows, unless we grasp renewable energy to halt climate change - mankind may regress. This is a picture from a few years back, while still under construction.

 

 

LINKS

 

http://www.findersandsellers.com/wordpress/stables/

http://www.garveydevelopments.com/services/stables

http://www.hydeparkstables.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stable

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse

http://www.oakleystables.co.uk/

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

http://www.thekeep.info/

http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/gateway/

http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/environment/archaeology/default.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERITAGE INDEX A - Z

 

AIR RAID SHELTER

AVIATION - EASTBOURNE

BARCLAYS BANKING LET DOWN - MISSING ACCOUNT MONEY

BARON CARL VON ROEMER & CHARLES de ROEMER

CAMPBELL HALL - BLUEBIRD ELECTRIC CARS

COAL BUNKER

GAS ENGINES - COAL CONVERSION, INTERNAL COMBUSTION

HX FIRE STATION

HX MUSEUM

HX SCIENCE EXHIBITS

OBSERVATORY - HERSTMONCEUX CASTLE

SX MUSEUMS

PLANNING APP JAN 2015

RAF BEACHY HEAD

RAF HERSTMONCEUX

RAF HERSTMONCEUX & WARTLING

RAF SEAFORD BAY

SOLAR LADY - STATUE

SUMMER SOLSTICE

SUSSEX TRUGGERY

THOMAS ALVA EDISON

TOURISM DCMS

TREE HOUSES

TREE PRESERVATION

TRUGS

WORLD ELECTRIFICATION HISTORY

WWII BOMB PROOF SHELTER

 

 

Honeysett Brothers, Bakers using electric machinery to supply loaves to Herstmonceux village in 1910

 

LOCAL HISTORY - A horse drawn wagon operated in Herstmonceux by the local bakery. This photograph is from an old postcard courtesy of Mick Hall. The building adjacent to Herstmonceux Museum was the original stables for Lime Park. This building is now called the Old Rectory. As of March 2014 these stables are owned by Peter and June Townley. 

 

The earliest archaeological evidence for the domestication of the horse comes from sites in the Ukraine and Kazakhstan dating to approximately 35004000 BC. By 3000 BC, the horse was completely domesticated and by 2000 BC there was a sharp increase in the number of horse bones found in human settlements in northwestern Europe, indicating the spread of domesticated horses throughout the continent. The most recent, but most irrefutable evidence of domestication comes from sites where horse remains were interred with chariots in graves of the Sintashta and Petrovka cultures c. 2100 BC

 

 

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