Week Ford Blowing House

Record Number: 3019 | © The Dartmoor Trust
This photograph is dated August 1887. It shows evidence of the tin mining industry which operated on Dartmoor until around 1939. Blowing houses (sometimes called blowing mills) contained small blast furnaces into which a forced draught of air was blown using waterwheel-powered bellows. Cassiterite (tin oxide) ore was smelted in the blast furnace and cast into ingots using a mould stone. This is the lower blowing house.

Tags

Blowing house
industrial archaeology
mining
tin mining
mining industry
tree
oak
ruins
remains
weekford
week ford

Detail

Burnard
Image - Glass Plate
1887
Huccaby