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Allensford Blast Furnace, on N. Bank of R. Derwent 250 Metres East of Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Shotley Low Quarter, Northumberland

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Latitude: 54.8478 / 54°50'52"N

Longitude: -1.8785 / 1°52'42"W

OS Eastings: 407902

OS Northings: 550343

OS Grid: NZ079503

Mapcode National: GBR HDBC.3Z

Mapcode Global: WHC46.3DRX

Plus Code: 9C6WR4XC+4J

Entry Name: Allensford Blast Furnace, on N. Bank of R. Derwent 250 Metres East of Bridge

Listing Date: 18 June 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1045303

English Heritage Legacy ID: 240616

Location: Shotley Low Quarter, Northumberland, DH8

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Shotley Low Quarter

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Shotley St John

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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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
Newcastle University.

'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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