Derwent Blast Furnaces

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The cooling ponds were supplied from the river Derwent. Water was pumped from a leat near Seaton Bridge.

This is the east side and overlooking the cooling ponds.

From left to right, furnace numbers 4,3, & 2. Seven cowper stoves served to heat the air blast.

Steam from the bleeder valve of No 4 furnace indicates that it was off-blast at the time this photograph was taken.

Furnaces 4 and 3 were loaded by a revolving bucket and 2 by an inclined skip hoist. The conveyor in the foreground brought coke from the coke ovens to the blast furnace bunkers.

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