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Coed Ithel Furnace

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near Tintern in the Wye Valley

Note: Although there are some remains, seeking them out is NOT recommended. Although some of the ruins are near the main road (A466), they are not visible from the road, and there is no possible access from this dangerous road. The only access to the site is by descending the steep slippery, rocky hillside from above, through considerable undergrowth, with no certainty of success.

Recent photos of the remains may be seen on the [1]

The site was excavated by R F Tylecote in 1966. He found that the base was 24 ft square, and the height would have been just over 20 ft. The blast from the bellows would have entered about 18 inches above the bottom of the hearth. It used ore from the Forest of Dean, charcoal and bloomery slag. Limestone was not included in the charge. The furnace was in use in 1651. The average weekly output was 18 tons in the period 1672-6. It lasted until the beginning of the 18th C, but was not included in the 1717 list of blast furnaces.[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Aditnow website - Photographs of Coed Ithel Blast Furnace Iron Smelt Mill
  2. 'Mines, Mills and Furnaces' by D. Morgan Rees, HMSO, 1969