Hartor Tor Blowing House

This photograph is dated 27 December 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.
Record Details
Updated on January 10, 2015
Blowing house
industrial archaeology
tin mining
mining industry
har tor
hartor tor
higher hartor tor
higher harter tor
lower hartor tor
lower harter tor
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