I live two streets away from Thomas Crapper's Blue Plaque. However, there are a number of commonly misunderstood facts about him. It is a pure coincidence that the "vulgar slang words" for a toilet, using the toilet, and for excrement, are the same as his surname. Those words were in use long before he registered his patents. Also, he didn't "invent" the flush toilet, but developed it and made important design improvements, such as a floating ballcock, and the "U" bend (an improvement over the "S" bend.) The reason that his achievements are often overstated comes from a fictional biography published in 1969 by a New Zealand satirist called Wallace Reyburn.
My grandmother had an old radio that used place names on the dial. One of them was Daventry. Later, I recall driving by the masts there.BBC Skelton main shortwave transmitter halls, Sender 61 and Sender 72, c.1975. These pumped out the BBC World Service around the globe, and I'm very proud to say my Dad was an SME (Senior Maintenance Engineer) here until he retired (at 55! Final salary pension!) in 1983.
This station had six 'Senders', numbers 61 to 66 and each of 100 kilowatts power output. All were of Marconi design similar to those at Rampisham and installed so that they could be switched to any of sixteen aerials all beamed on Europe.
The second station OSE 9 followed on the air with six ST & C designed 'Senders'(71A & B to 76A & B). These were different in that they could each transmit a programme on two channels at once if required to do so which in fact was most ofthe time. A slightly more complex aerial system was installed for OSE 9 as most ofthe programmes transmitted from it were destined for parts of the world beyond Europe.
Skelton, Penrith and the World 1943 - 1993
I suspect the electrical connections are below them. I'm pretty sure that's an electrical element at the back (look at the top and you can see the wires). Opening will be the two bits on either side.That looks very ...safe! I wonder what the two little peg things on the left are for?
Audiophiles go nuts for those tube amps.
Those are still in use by various friends with Rayburns. Interesting that these stoves have become a status symbol. My in-laws, who live on a cold and windy hill have one in the kitchen, which keeps the room warm and also heats the water tank. The rest of the house is freezing. Personally I prefer central heating, a fan oven and a responsive gas hob.
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