This machine is a replica based on evidence of a bucket chain mechanism found in London and dated to the early 2nd century A.D.
The machine is one possible interpretation of a mechanism thatmay have driven the excavated bucket chain. The original bucket chain was discovered at the bottom of a deep well (Eastern well) during excavations at 20-
Built by The Museum of London and McCurdy & C0 in 2002, the water machine became the focus for a “Time Team Special” which is still being repeated. The machine was donated to the ATC by The Museum of London in 2010.
We have modified the main drive wheel with fruit-
A description of a water lifting machine exists, written by Vitruvios in the 1st century A.D.
“BUT IF A SUPPLY WAS REQUIRED AT STILL GREATER HEIGHTS, A DOUBLE IRON CHAIN WILL BE SET UP… WITH BUCKETS SUSPENDED FROM IT. THUS THE TURNING OF THE WHEEL…WILL CARRY THE BUCKETS TO THE TOP, AND AS THEY ARE BORNE OVER THE WHEEL, THEY WILL NECESSARILY TURN OVER AND POUR INTO A RESERVOIR”.