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'M' or 'W'-shaped brackets on a windlass - or are they?
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The objects I mentioned in the photo thread - two more examples here, one from the same mine, and also one from Son of Longcliffe. Each 'leg' has a spike on it, to be hammered into the wood. I think they are similar objects to ones used in the Agricola illustrations of rag-and-chain pumps, as in here:
Anyone have any other ideas?
I can't think of a better suggestion.
Is there any other evidence of a rag and chain pump nearby?, or a location where using one would make sense?
I shall have to give this a think later on I shall have a flick in my large mining sketch book has many diagrams. It seems a good match , as Chris has already said if you can link it to a shaft your 99% their then
It would depend on the age of the mine: pre electrification, or, post electrification. If pre then possibly a rag pump or cable/pipe hangars if post modern
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