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Description: Allensford Blast Furnace, on N. Bank of R. Derwent 250 Metres East of Bridge
Date Listed: 18 June 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 240616
OS Grid Reference: NZ0790250343
OS Grid Coordinates: 407902, 550343
Latitude/Longitude: 54.8478, -1.8785
SHOTLEY LOW QUARTER ALLENSFORD
NZ 05 SE NZ 079503
17/245 Allensford Blast
Furnace, on N. bank
of R. Derwent 250
metres east of
Remains of Blast Furnace, late C17 or early C18. Furnace neatly-
squared stone, calciner coursed stone. Furnace is ruinous square
structure with jambs and part of round arch; walls with temporary
protective concrete capping at time of survey. Calciner, further
up bank, has splayed wing walls flanking round-headed arch into
circular kiln; kiln wall standing 3 metres high in parts.
Important industrial monument, traditionally associatedwith the
Shotley Bridge sword makers. Last use of the charcoal-fired blast
furnance gave archaeomagnetic date 1740-10. Excavations 1977/8 by
'A 17th century blast furnace at Allensford, Northumberland',
Lindsley, S.M and Heatherington, R. Journal of the Historic
Metallurgy Society Xll no. 1 (1978), 1-11.
Listing NGR: NZ0790250343
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