Hartor Tor Blowing House

This photograph is dated 27 December 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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Burnard Collection (© The Dartmoor Trust)

File ID: 626531a323d3c70c17bb0e7152fe23c7

DA ID: 3013

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