Friday, 10 May 2013

Hagdale Horse Mill, Unst

I was looking at a trail that follows the site of old chromite and serpentine workings on at Hagdale on Unst today amongst other things. 

The Hagdale Horse Mill is a reconstructed horse powered mill from the 1850's that was used to crush chromite ore which now-a-days is used in making chromium and stainless steel but was used in paints, explosives and plating then.

There are a number of information panels near the site...


The reconstructed mill...



It's a lovely low lying coast here...


Further inland are more workings across the hillsides for the minerals with a number of spoil tips...


And the odd pond created from the old workings. This one was pretty deep, clear and tempting to swim in...


Else where on Unst we came across this old weathered spine of a sperm whale, probably about 9ft long, that's been there since 1989 so a man that knows tells me!




It would look very nice in a garden but we left it there for something for people to stumble across and be happy to find like we did...


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