Wednesday, 9 November 2011


This works photo of a NG Peckett has been bouncing back and forth between Lewes and Crawley for the last couple of days. My question is: What is the valve shown at the rear of the chimney and what is its purpose? Answers here, or email me at the address in the profile.


  1. All I can think of is that it was used to attach an air/steam line to create a draught for lighting up, or a line connected to it used the vacuum of the chimnney for some other use - lifting water from a stream to fill the tanks perhaps?

  2. Well that's the best answer so far -in fact it's the ONLY answer so far. The lighting up draught seems the most likely. You win the prize... unless anyone...