sleaford maltings | between a rock and a hard place

The first floor of the water tower was dominated by an enormous flywheel. This was originally connected to the engine below via a belt drive.

The flywheel, in turn, drove the transmission shafts which exited either side of the water tower and travelled across the site across the transmission bridges between each malting house. Inside the malting houses, gear connected to the transmission shaft drove all the conveyors in turn.

It was a masterpiece of Victorian engineering.

Transmission flywheel for all the transmission bridges. © Simon Cornwell 2009