House near Blowing House at Week Ford


Week Ford Blowing House

The ruins of Week Ford Blowing House

The photograph 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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Updated on January 22, 2019
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