Hut circle above Week Ford Blowing House


Hartor Tor Blowing House

Deep Swincombe Blowing House

This 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. A mould stone is shown in the centre foreground of the photograph.
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Updated on January 22, 2019
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