The Black Turbines of Italy are an abandoned or more disused but earmarked for restoration, trio of large Brown Boveri Hydroelectric turbines which were manufactured in Italy and installed here in 1909. The cotton Mill for which they served to provide power was originally constructed in 1878 but grew significantly over the following century during which a town was built around the original mill and later the hydroelectric power plants which harnessed the energy of a nearby river. We didn’t have the opportunity to check out the rest of the site but I’m glad we were fortunate enough to see these beautiful turbines whilst they still exist in situ. I believe the plan is to restore the former mill and this associated power plant into a working museum, however whether those plans will pan out or not remains to be seen. Visited with Matt, Spidermonkey and Andy de Kay of Behind Closed Doors. Enjoy the photos:
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Want to see more from this place? then visit the report over at Behind Closed Doors: Black Turbines
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