Bonawe Iron Furnace: Charging House

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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace © David Gill

The Bonawe Iron Furnace was established in 1753 by the Newland Company of Cumbria. This event is marked in the series of Ministry style signs that help to interpret the buildings and installations. The site is in the care of Historic Scotland.

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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace © David Gill
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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace © David Gill

The water wheel was installed in the pit adjacent to the blowing house. It was around 3.7 m in diameter. Water was fed from a lade. The wheel provided the power to work the bellows in the adjacent blowing house.

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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace © David Gill
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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace © David Gill

The casting house was located adjacent to the blast furnace.

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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace © David Gill

 

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Research Fellow at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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