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CaptainFynnOMalleyEsq.
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« on: August 06, 2008, 06:11:59 pm »

Morning all!

On a recent college Archaeology residential, we stopped for fish and chips one day in a rather bleak, concrete-block-of-a-town, a few miles from Kings Lynn, the name of which still eludes me. In this mess of concrete and the remains of what looked like once rather fine georgian architecture, was this star of a clock tower. The bells inside look original, though of course I doubt that the superstructure is of similar origin.
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Just thought I'd share that with you. Has anyone else seen and photographed any other steampunk architectureal gems, and incidentally, does anybody know what the town was called?
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2008, 06:09:36 am »

Oooh, that's quite lovely.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2008, 04:52:46 pm »

I wonder if it was inspired by, (or has anything to do with) the old firm of Savage Bros, in King's Lynn. Savage's first self-moving steam engine was made in 1858, and the firm subsequently made ploughing engines, and Darby's Broadside Digger. From the 1880s Savages were making specialist steam equipment for fairgrounds and steam tractors, as well as fairground rides..
Brick-making machinery became another of the firm's special lines.

The Darby Digger..


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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2008, 04:07:36 am »

So what is the Darby? It looks like the love-child of a power-loom and a rototiller, midwifed by a railway locomotive...
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2008, 06:34:44 pm »

So what is the Darby? It looks like the love-child of a power-loom and a rototiller, midwifed by a railway locomotive...

It looks dangerous - wouldn't want to fall into that thing, you'd come out in strips.
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2008, 07:28:40 pm »

So what is the Darby? It looks like the love-child of a power-loom and a rototiller, midwifed by a railway locomotive...

The Darby Steam-Digger, a light traction engine, was invented circa 1879 by Farmer Thomas Darby and built at Lodge Farm Pleshey, near Chelmsford in Essex, England. Robert Hasler, seen driving the Digger, helped to build this first prototype. In effect the machine was an early tractor designed mainly for ploughing, and could accomplish one acre (1 m²/s) an hour to a maximum depth of 14 inches (360 mm). This first digger was constructed on pedestrian principles and had six "feet" and really did walk over the fields. Unfortunately it jumped too much to be really successful. The digger was later modified to have wheels in place of the legs.

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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2008, 07:31:42 pm »

This is well wierd! I was only telling my girlfriend yesterday that Kings Lynn is a proper steampunk looking town.

Anyhoo that clock tower looks very similiar to one in Basildon, a town just a stones throw from me.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2016, 05:36:32 pm »

There is an IT-millionaire who wants to construct this building in Växjö in Sweden. A house made to last as he says.


http://www.svd.se/1800-talspalats-byggs-i-vaxjo
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2016, 07:38:44 pm »

There is an IT-millionaire who wants to construct this building in Växjö in Sweden. A house made to last as he says.


http://www.svd.se/1800-talspalats-byggs-i-vaxjo


This is such an old thread that the OP's pictures are no longer hosted, and one or 2 posts are from members who are no longer here... thus we can see them.  Only your post stands out...  And we have another (admittedly old and extra long Steamy Steampunk Buildings (or something like that)  thread...  Mayhaps should be new topic?
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2016, 09:27:06 pm »

I like doing thread necromancy. Besides, there's not much meat on the story.
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2016, 10:32:50 pm »

I like doing thread necromancy. Besides, there's not much meat on the story.

The sad part is all those beautiful pictures are lost over the years. Same with the other thread.  I usually go over my old posts every once in a while to make sure the links and pictures work.
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« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2016, 10:46:42 pm »

Like tears in the rain.
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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2016, 12:02:02 am »

I've witnessed things you ladies and gentlemen wouldn't believe. Attack airships on fire off the coast of Old Albion. I watched I-beams glitter in the dark near the Eiffel Tower. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears...in...rain. If you'll excuse me I now bid you farewell.  For king and country!
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« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2016, 02:21:13 am »

It's a turtle...but that won't change the conditions of the test..Wink

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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2016, 06:38:55 pm »

Shame the image link is lost, as I live in that part of the world, and might well know where it was.
Maybe this piece of exuberant Victoriana?

By Uksignpix - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6819931
-the clock tower in Downham Market, about 12 miles south of Lynn
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