Paxton project outlined to Rotary Club
The restored beam and water wheel at Paxton House is proving to be efficient and useful and it could be a tourist attraction.
Tom Newlands, who has become a photographer since his retiral, gave a very interesting slideshow to Berwick Rotary Club.
Local volunteers played a big part in the project while a team from Ayrshire played a leading role. Mr Newlands said nothing was left of the original wheel and work began from scratch.
The original site was chosen because of its proximity to three natural springs and work began in 1811. Paxton House decided the beam, pump and water wheel should be restored.
Mr Newlands showed how the scheme developed and described its various stages.
The scheme uses the original 200-year-old pipe but includes a brand new wheel and beam. It includes a viewing platform and pathway up the hill.