Plan of Week Ford Blowing Houses


Gobbett Blowing House - Mortar Stone

Gobbett Blowing House - Mould Stone

This photograph is dated 7 March 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 the mould stone.
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