SK3281 : Sheffield : Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

taken 9 years ago, near to Beauchief, Sheffield, Great Britain

Sheffield : Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Sheffield : Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Steel was melted in clay crucibles which were made in the Pot Shop. Locally mixed fireclays, china clay, coke dust and water were mixed on the treading floor. The pot-maker then used his bare feet to tread the clay, removing any extraneous material with his toes, and firmly heeling the clay for over five hours, until it acquired the right consistency.

A sufficient quantity for one pot was cut out, weighed, and worked by hand into a ball. This was placed in a flask, which had been oiled to prevent the clay sticking to it, and a plug was then hammered into it with a maul, forcing the clay into the shape of a crucible. The plug was then removed, the flask lifted onto a stand, and the pot removed by lowering the flask. The rim of the pot was formed using a shaped iron ring.

The pot would then be set to cure on the shelves around the Pot Shop, progressing slowly from the cold damp air to the warmer areas, until it reached the heat of the chimney breast in the Crucible Furnace. Before they could be used for melting steel, the pots had to be fired for eight hours overnight in the 'nailing oven'.

Each pot could be used for only two or three melts, after which it was discarded.

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Sunday, 10 April, 2011   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 14 April, 2011
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Pottery   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 325 819 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.0186N 1:30.7426W
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