Week Ford Blowing House

Record Number: 3025
This photograph 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

Archaeology
Industrial archaeology
tin
tin mining
mining industry
remains
ruins
blowing house
weekford
week ford

Detail

Burnard
Image - Glass Plate
Huccaby