Gilkes & Company Turbine
In 1896 a Turbine was ordered for Farfield Mill from Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon of Kendal.
Recently displayed within the centre, it is a reminder of the industrial progress made during the Victorian area. The original cost was £100.00 and it's Gilkes number was 066.
It was a Vortex turbine with a fall of 21 feet and suction of 14 ft. It's rated power was 20HP (15kW).
James Thomson, brother of Lord Kelvin, invented the Vortex turbine and patented it in 1850. It had adjustable guide vanes and the blades were curved. It was the first effective and efficient turbine.