Mould Stone at Week Ford Blowing House

Record Number: 3151
This photograph was taken in February 1889. 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.

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industry
tin
mining
stone
mould

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Burnard
1889
Huccaby