Week Ford Blowing House

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.
Record Details
3019
1887
Updated on December 19, 2018
SX 66133 72406

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