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Allensford Blast Furnace (Shotley Low Quarter)

Allensford Blast Furnace
Allensford Blast Furnace

The remains of a late 17th century blast furnace stand on the north bank of the River Derwent. The site was only in use for a short period of time, probably between 1670 and 1730, and is traditionally associated with swordmakers in Shotley Bridge. The last use of the blast furnace has been dated by archaeomagnetic dating to about 1740, plus or minus ten years. The standing remains include a square stone-built furnace and a calciner. The site was surveyed and partially excavated in the 1970s. This is a Scheduled Monument and a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N9914
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Shotley Low Quarter


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