2009

NZ1139 : Beehive coking ovens

taken 14 years ago, near to Tow Law, County Durham, England

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Beehive coking ovens
Beehive coking ovens
These are the best preserved pair of the set. This view shows the front wall with the arched openings into the ovens.
Inkerman coking ovens

These ovens are significant for two main reasons. Firstly, they are one of the few remaining relics of the main period of industrialisation in the area. Secondly there are relatively few surviving examples of beehive coke ovens in the UK, as in most cases they would have been replaced or destroyed as industry modernised.
The site is significant for the number of ovens - over 20 exist in various states of repair - and the survival of two in almost complete condition.
The English Heritage Scheduling Record includes the following information:
"The Weardale Iron and Coal Company opened the Inkerman colliery in 1853 and immediately began coke production from 20 ovens built at that time. In 1875 the number was increased to 50 ovens built in two rows. After 1880 the site was operated by a succession of companies. The coke ovens were used for brick production in their later years, but had become disused before World War I."


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NZ1139, 80 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Alan Murray-Rust   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 10 November, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 18 November, 2009
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 115 399 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:45.2675N 1:49.3611W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 115 399
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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