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Backbarrow Ironworks: "One of the oldest continuously worked ironmaking sites in Britain ... There was a weir and bloomery forge here around 1685 & then a blast furnace and refinery 1711-12. Charcoal was used as a fuel until about 1920 (hence the huge amount of coppicing locally KH) when coke was substituted. The present furnace (the one illustrated KH) ceased production in 1967. In 1870 the original charcoal furnace was in operation with a waterwheel driving iron bellows." (Industrial Archaeology of the Lake Counties, M Davies-Shiel & JD Marshall, David & Charles 1969. Important association with John Wilkinson, the ironmaster. (We have many more photos of the Ironworks, For more images use the site SEARCH box and search for Backbarrow)

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HRS 1308 Backbarrow iron works, furnace 1970

HRS 1308 Backbarrow iron works, furnace 1970

HRS 1309 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace lintel 1711 in 1970

HRS 1309 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace lintel 1711 in 1970

HRS 1310 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace

HRS 1310 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace

HRS 1311 Backbarrow ironworks from railway siding 1970

HRS 1311 Backbarrow ironworks from railway siding 1970

HRS 1312 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace area 1970s

HRS 1312 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace area 1970s

HRS 1313 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace lintel 1970s

HRS 1313 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace lintel 1970s

HRS 1314 Backbarrow ironworks, out buildings 1970s

HRS 1314 Backbarrow ironworks, out buildings 1970s

HRS 1315 Backbarrow Ironworks, Rail shed 1970s

HRS 1315 Backbarrow Ironworks, Rail shed 1970s

HRS 1316 Backbarrow ironworks building 1970s

HRS 1316 Backbarrow ironworks building 1970s

HRS 1317 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace, close view 1970s

HRS 1317 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace, close view 1970s

HRS 1318 Backbarrow ironworks, ore-store 1970s

HRS 1318 Backbarrow ironworks, ore-store 1970s

HRS 4978 Backbarrow river sluice for ironworks 1970s

HRS 4978 Backbarrow river sluice for ironworks 1970s

HRS 1319 Backbarrow Ironworks, turbine building 1970

HRS 1319 Backbarrow Ironworks, turbine building 1970

HRS 1320 Backbarrow Ironworks, water turbine house 1970s

HRS 1320 Backbarrow Ironworks, water turbine house 1970s

HRS 1327 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace c1970

HRS 1327 Backbarrow ironworks, furnace c1970

HRS 3476 Backbarrow ironworks view from railway 1970s

HRS 3476 Backbarrow ironworks view from railway 1970s

HRS 4979 Backbarrow new development 2008

HRS 4979 Backbarrow new development 2008

HRS 8439 Backbarrow, ironworks, steam engine house roof protection

HRS 8439 Backbarrow, ironworks,  steam engine house roof protection

HRS 8440 Backbarrow, ironworks windlass

HRS 8440 Backbarrow, ironworks windlass

HRS 8441 Backbarrow, ironworks windlass

HRS 8441 Backbarrow, ironworks windlass