Bolts

2021/008

Wrought iron bolts from the Bell Rock Lighthouse plate railway

SKU: 2021/008 Categories: ,

Description

Wrought iron bolts with washers (x2) and fragments (x2) from the Bell Rock Lighthouse plate railway. The railway was constructed in 1808 to aid the building of the lighthouse which was completed in 1810. These objects were collected by Professor Roland Paxton on a visit to the Bell Rock Lighthouse on 19-20 August 1986 at which time the railway was being repaired.

The objects comprise:

1. A threaded bolt with a square head and a square washer: possibly a Victorian replacement (c.1880)
2. A bolt (with longitudinal slot and no thread) with a square head and a square washer: the head is eroded – possibly an original bolt (c.1808)
3. A bolt (with longitudinal slot and no thread) showing considerable erosion; the slot is blocked with crustaceous material: possibly original (c.1808)
4. An incomplete bolt with no head and longitudinal slot (end eroded): possibly original (c.1808)

For further information on the plate railway read Professor Paxton’s paper on the Bell Rock Achieving the Seemingly Impossible – Bell Rock Railway 1810.

Additional information

Acquisition Number

2021/008

Item Type

Short Description

Wrought iron bolts from the Bell Rock Lighthouse plate railway

Manufactured by

Date of Manufacture

c.1810, c.1880

Sub-items

None

Supporting Items

None

Makers Number

None

Marks

None

Dimensions (mm)

150 – 170 (L) x18 x18

Donor

Date Donated

October 2021

Materials

Wrought iron

Condition

Poor (rust damage and broken)

Display Location

Value

£20