Constable mill painted as site for power station: National Trust warden puts forward plan to install discreet turbine driven by the Stour
Friday 28 May 1993
It would be a very small, discreet hydroelectric power station, with transmission wires and transformers concealed from view. The Suffolk mill's owner, the National Trust, would not dream of allowing anything intrusive at the 18th century mill, which was owned by the painter's father.
But its warden, Edward Jackson, believes there is the chance to extract useful energy from the old mill race on the river Stour. He plans a feasibility study this year into the installation of a turbine.
The old wooden water wheels were removed after the mill, a field studies centre for the past 45 years, ground its last load of corn at the turn of the century.
The scheme will be dependent on approval from planning authorities and the National Trust, which owns the property and leases it to the Field Studies Council. The mill, built in 1730, is within the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The pollution-free power generated could either be used directly in the centre, where thousands of children and adults attend courses each year, or sold to Eastern Electricity.
The output is likely to be fairly low because there is only a 5ft change in water levels at the mill and the river flow is modest. But it could provide enough electricity for several dozen homes.
'The project could become a showpiece,' said Mr Jackson, who emphasised that the idea was still in its early stages. The National Trust has hydroelectric power at other properties and is keen to promote environmentally-friendly alternatives.
Partial funding has been obtained for a feasibility study, but if extra money becomes available it will be broadened into a full audit of energy used in the mill and other buildings which form the field centre.
Tenders are now being invited from consultants. 'We use a lot of energy here including oil, electricity, solid fuel and propane gas, and we would be interested to learn of ways we could reduce running costs,' Mr Jackson said.
'By looking at our whole energy situation and the possibility of generating electricity we would be complementing the environmental role of Flatford Mill as a field study centre.'
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Bali Nine executions in Indonesia: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford says she 'just wants to get it over with'
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£14560 - £17680 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Even though their premises have...
£44000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Marketing company based in cent...
£22000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An IT Installation / Commission...
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will maximise the effective...