Dave Banks has sent me this excellent photograph of one of William West’s lattice beams, it is a shot that really captures the grace of the engineers design.
The engine is at Helder iron-ore mine at Egremont in Cumberland – and Dave thought it came from the Stank Mine in the Furness District. The engine house was a Cornish-style one, and it was all that was left when he was young. The engine house was within the County Council depot at the extreme west of the town, just north of the road to St Bees.
The photograph was given to Dave Banks by Maurice Cooke, whose work formed an important part of my research into The Last Great Cornish Engineer Book.
Many thanks to Dave for the chance to share this picture, and for the information. If any one else has some lattice beam images to share, they will be most welcome.