Week Ford Blowing House

Record Number: 3020
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.

Tags

Industrial archaeology
blowing house
tin industry
mining
flue
river
weekford
week ford

Detail

Burnard
Huccaby