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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
Entry Name: Allensford Blast Furnace, on N. Bank of R. Derwent 250 Metres East of Bridge
Listing Date: 18 June 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1045303
English Heritage Legacy ID: 240616
Location: Shotley Low Quarter, Northumberland, DH8
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
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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