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The Black Cat Mystery is an interesting one. It tells a story of possible ingenuity on the part of Victorian engineers who converted a Boulton and Watt Steam pumping engine into a waterwheel powered pumping engine - that still sits on the banks of the River Irwell at Mount Sion, Radcliffe. The short version of the story can be read by clicking the attached PDF link. Send us your comments on the story - could it be true?
http:/​/​heritagephotoarchive.​co.​uk/​microsoft-​word-​-​-​the-​mystery-​of-​the-​rocking-​arms.​pdf

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Keywords:black cat colliery, boulton and watt, bury, coal, engineering, industrial archaeology, industrial heritage, lancashire, manchester, mining, pumping, radcliffe, river irwell, rivers, water, water wheels, waterwheels

HRS 2310 Drainage channel from Black Cat Pit 768069JP

HRS 2310 Drainage channel from Black Cat Pit 768069JP

HRS 2309 Drainage channel from Black Cat Pit 768069 JP2

HRS 2309 Drainage channel from Black Cat Pit 768069 JP2

HRS 2308 Black Cat to Mount Sion works BC annot

HRS 2308 Black Cat to Mount Sion works BC annot

HRS 550 MBBC Mount Sion creek c1972 looking North

HRS 550 MBBC Mount Sion creek c1972 looking North

HRS 1183 Radcliffe, Mount Sion waterwheel

HRS 1183 Radcliffe, Mount Sion waterwheel

Beam engine Evers sketch reversed tinted

Beam engine Evers sketch reversed tinted

HRS 2311 IA Mount Sion waterwheel lineKH

HRS 2311 IA Mount Sion waterwheel lineKH