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Blowing House Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Breage, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.14 / 50°8'24"N

Longitude: -5.3557 / 5°21'20"W

OS Eastings: 160316

OS Northings: 32052

OS Grid: SW603320

Mapcode National: GBR FX49.ZGB

Mapcode Global: VH12W.3RZ1

Plus Code: 9C2P4JRV+2P

Entry Name: Blowing House Cottage

Listing Date: 1 May 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1158971

English Heritage Legacy ID: 65761

ID on this website: 101158971

Location: Godolphin Cross, Cornwall, TR13

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Breage

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Breage with Godolphin and Ashton

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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4/63 Blowing House Cottage

Cottage incorporating tin stamps. C17, with cottage mostly C18 extended into stamps
C20. Painted granite rubble walls, painted roughcast blockwork, slate sills and dry
slate roof. Early C18 rubble stack with slate drip and tapered top on right hand
gable, C20 chimney on left hand gable.
The cottage plan with near-central entrance to lobby and stair between two rooms.
Left hand end has stamps with back and side walls of stone, front wall originally
open (built up C20 in rendered blockwork work and gable and rear walls raised) C20
extension rear left giving overall L-shaped plan.
2 stories. South front has roughly symmetrical 3 window cottage to right with
original front door now a C20 window and circa early C19 hornless sashes to first
floor, C20 horned copies to ground floor. C20 two window extension built into stamps
left. In front of this the 'plat' (platform) for stacking the tin ore and an ancient
stone lined pit for the overshot waterwheel which powered the stamps (in use till
Interior: Right hand room has large original quoined fireplace with C20 granite
lintel (replacing timber) and early C18 granite lined oven.
This: building, though much altered, is part of the historically very important
Godolphin tin works. Sir Francis Godolphin was a great innovator in the tin industry
and introduced the process of 'wet stamping' whereby water ran through the ore under
the heads of the stamping mill. The storage pond, leat system and 'buddle pits'
(circular tanks in which the ore was separated from other materials by agitation)
exist as does the 'blowing house' itself (q.v.) This is a site of crucial importance
to industrial archaeology.
Information via John Schofield from S. E. Schofield who found and investigated the
site in the 1950's;
De Re Metalica by Georgius Agricola 1556, Survey of Cornwall by Richard Carew 1602.

Listing NGR: SW6031632052

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