Imperial Horse Engine

Description of this historic site

The site of a horse engine, a horse-driven wheel which provided power to drive a threshing machine. The horse engine was in use during the Imperial period. It was situated 200m north east of the church at Baginton.

Notes about this historic site

1 During excavations in 1983 (PRN 2957) the circular platform of a horse engine was uncovered c0.2m below ground level. This was originally connected to a wheel on the adjacent farm outbuilding, which in turn was used to drive a threshing machine inside. The platform is 4-5m in diameter and made of crude rubble and concrete. The owner intends to landscape it into the gardens of the new properties which will be developed out of Home Farm. The outbuilding still retains the holes in its outer wall for the wheel and driveshaft, but the machinery is no longer there. An elderly man in the village can remember it being used prior to World War I.
2 Site noted.

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