Yealm Steps Blowing House

Record Number: 3031
This photograph is dated 28 January 1888. 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 one is just below Yealm Steps waterfall on the east bank of the river. The boy is Lawrence Burnard.

Tags

Archaeology
industrial archaeology
tin
tin mining
mining
blowing house
people
man
boy
19th century
1880s

Detail

Burnard
Image - Glass Plate
1888
Cornwood