Ridsdale Iron Works: A BUILDING OF MYSTERY

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    Blog post by Lynne Bloss, with photos "...A short-lived venture and part of a largely unsuccessful 19th century iron industry in Northumberland. There are earthworks to the south of the engine house showing the location of the demolished coke ovens, reservoirs, wagonways and roasting kilns. The partially ruinous engine house is roughly rectangular with an attached chimney at the southwest corner. It would have been nine metres tall at full height, with two storeys. The walls are over one metre thick. The building housed a double-beam blowing engine which powered the three blast furnaces which were located to the north. The ironworks was established in 1836 using local sources of ironstone. A series of tramways linked the site with nearby sources of ironstone, limestone and coal. Despite having supplied the pig-iron used in construction of the High Level Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne, the ironworks failed to thrive in such a remote situation....."
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    Echos of the Past (blog)
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    Link: https://blosslynspage.wordpress.com/tag/ridsdale-ironworks/
    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Peter Smith
    Last modified: 6 years, 10 months ago
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