Hartor Tor Blowing House

Record Number: 3030 | © The Dartmoor Trust
This photograph is dated 27 December 1887. It shows evidence of the tin mining industry which operated on Dartmoor until around 1939. It is of the southern blowing house on the Plym near Plym Steps. Leather Tor and Sharpitor in distance. 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
blowing house
mining
tin
tin mining
tor
tor
Leather tor
Sheepstor
hartor tor
higher hartor tor
higher harter tor
lower hartor tor
lower harter tor

Detail

Burnard
Image - Glass Plate
1887
Sheepstor