Derwentcote Steel Furnace

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Seabhag
Argyll and Bute, UK30 contributions
Informative and enjoyable guided tour
Aug 2021 • Couples
The guide, John, was welcoming and informative. The walk was informal but educational, John answered lots of questions and our small group had a lovely hour. The information boards were good, but having a guide was much better. The walk along the river was beautiful on cloudy early-autumn day
Written August 31, 2021
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john e
Gateshead, UK1,730 contributions
Not much has changed
Aug 2021
I passd by while on a short walk in the area, and took time to renew my impressions of the site. With a bit of imagination you can understand why it was built there, and why it fell into disuse. Fascinating
Written August 24, 2021
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Allen H
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK161 contributions
on a walk
May 2019
A very old furnace with an insight into how we lived and made iron back when I was young. Very interesting place
Written August 28, 2019
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john e
Gateshead, UK1,730 contributions
restored steel furnace
Sep 2018 • Family
The steel furnace itself is interesting, with a useful interpretation board, and quite easily accessed. Its worth exploring the area between the site and the river too, with a nice walk to Blackhall Mill
Written September 22, 2018
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MedEngland
England2,302 contributions
Earliest, last and most complete Cementation Furnace in Britain
Apr 2015 • Friends
This historic building complex is owned by English Heritage and is the earliest (c1730), last and most complete cementation furnace in Britain. Cementation is the process of taking Wrought Iron and turning it into Steel. As such, the interior is not generally accessible but private viewings can be arranged with EH on 0191 269 1200. However, there are a number of well illustrated display boards which give a very good understanding of the process of cementation and the workings of the Furnace.

It’s not that easy to find, as the well signposted brown signs to the Picnic and Parking area by the A694 (Ebchester to Burnopfield road) don’t readily advise you how to proceed further on foot. So, exit the car park and cross the road on to the opposite pavement. TAKE CARE WHEN CROSSING –it’s meant to be a 40 mph section which is hugely ignored!

Having crossed, turn left and pick up the blue signs to the Furnace. After about 100 yards, turn right into Forge Lane (a private road) and walk for about 200 yards where you will see the Furnace. Entry is free to the grounds and immediately you will see an explanatory board which is worth reading to get a feel of the place. Tour around the outside of the building; when you get to the north-west corner, it’s quite fun to indulge in some “molearchaeology”! our furry friends have created some molehills which, if you are lucky, you can find burnt coal and molten iron discarded from the firing process. Outside the site there appears to be a pleasant woodland walk down to the River Derwent.
Written May 6, 2015
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