Blists Hill Victorian Town

The Hay Inclined Plane was one of the first canal boat-lift inclines to be created and was in operation from the 1790s until the 1890s. Coal, iron and other products were conveyed from the short section of the Shropshire Canal running through the industrial complex that is now the site of Blists Hill Victorian Town down to the Coalport Canal and thence to the River Severn.

The Hay Inclined Plane was one of the first canal boat-lift inclines to be created and was in operation from the 1790s until the 1890s. Coal, iron and other products were conveyed from the short section of the Shropshire Canal running through the industrial complex that is now the site of Blists Hill Victorian Town down to the Coalport Canal and thence to the River Severn.

Date

1 April 2015
Location

Blists Hill

SJ 69603 03613; 52.62940°N, 2.45052°W

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Hay Inclined Plane;
Blists Hill Victorian Town

Map of the industrial complex that is now the site of Blists Hill Victorian Town open-air museum

Map of the industrial complex that is now the site of Blists Hill Victorian Town open-air museum

Blists Hill Victorian Town

Blists Hill Victorian Town

Hay Inclined Plane

Hay Inclined Plane

North Engine House, Blists Hill Blast Furnaces.  This housed one of the two blowing engines that supplied the three furnaces with their blasts of air which kept the fires burning at temperatures of up to 1300ºC.  Coke, ironstone and limestone were poured into the furnaces to be transformed into the end product, pig iron.  The furnaces, constructed by the Madeley Wood Company, date from 1832 to c 1840 and closed down in 1912 following a miners' strike.

North Engine House, Blists Hill Blast Furnaces. This housed one of the two blowing engines that supplied the three furnaces with their blasts of air which kept the fires burning at temperatures of up to 1300ºC. Coke, ironstone and limestone were poured into the furnaces to be transformed into the end product, pig iron. The furnaces, constructed by the Madeley Wood Company, date from 1832 to c 1840 and closed down in 1912 following a miners’ strike.

Wagon

Wagon

Colliery headgear

Colliery headgear and winding house

Chemist

Chemist

Printing Shop

Printing Shop

Printing Shop

Printing Shop

Blacksmith

Blacksmith

Grocers

Grocers

Post Office

Post Office

Carriage

Carriage

Sweetshop

Sweetshop

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