SJ6903 : Blists Hill Open air Museum - blowing engine

taken 20 years ago, near to Coalport, Telford And Wrekin, Great Britain

Blists Hill Open air Museum - blowing engine
Blists Hill Open air Museum - blowing engine
This inverted vertical single cylinder blowing engine was probably built by the Liileshall Co in about the 1880s and was a reserve blowing engine for the blast furnaces. It is now preserved in a former blowing engine house alongside the remains of the blast furnaces at Blists Hill and has been there since at least 1972. The slide valve steam cylinder is 33" x 48" stroke and on top of the blowing cylinder off the top of the frame. The blowing cylinder is at the top of the frame and is 72" x 48" stroke. The capacity was 4500 cubic feet of air/minute to 4.5 psi. The design is about as simple as is possible and would, therefore, have been very reliable - of supreme importance for blast furnace blowing.

This engine is still there, presumably with even more guano, but is no longer accessible.
Blists Hill Victorian Town
Blists Hill Victorian Town, originally called Blists Hill Open Air Museum, was opened in 1973, and has been slowly growing ever since. Built on a former industrial complex in the Madeley area of Telford, it is one of ten museums operated by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (LinkExternal link ).

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Blists Hill was an industrial region consisting of a brick and tile works, blast furnaces and coal, iron and fire clay mines. A short section of the Shropshire Canal runs across the site to the Hay Inclined Plane, which transported boats up and down the hill from Blists Hill to Coalport.

Many of the museum's buildings are recreations of buildings which stood in the area, replicas of those still standing elsewhere or original buildings that have been relocated to the museum. There are also features that were already part of the industrial site (eg the brick and tile works, the blast furnaces, Hay Inclined Plane, the canal etc).

More information can be found on the Ironbridge Museumsí website LinkExternal link
and this LinkExternal link Wikipedia article
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Date Taken
Saturday, 22 August, 1998   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 October, 2011
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Historic sites and artefacts 
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Blists Hill 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6943 0337 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.6332N 2:27.1836W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6943 0337
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