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Remains of a house near the Blowing House above Week Ford

Week Ford Blowing House

This photograph is dated August 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.
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3020
Updated on April 25, 2019
SX 66098 72418

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