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 Post subject: Iron Smelting East of Garstang
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:54 pm 
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In 1690, Ogilby, in his description of Garstang, mentioned "to the east the smoke of some iron smelting houses which are erected there on account of the great plenty of wood". (Travels through England, Camd Soc)
Any idea where these houses might have been?


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 Post subject: Re: Iron Smelting East of Garstang
PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:55 am 
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Correction - it was Pococke 1750. Iron smelting is not something you can do in the kitchen. It usually leaves remains in the form of kilns, furnaces, slags etc. Any suggestions? Here`s the quote:-

In 1690 Ogilby described Garstang as 'a good thoroughfare, with a market for corn, cattle, &, on Thursdays.' Pococke in 1750 thought it 'a very poor town'; he 'saw to the east the smoke of some iron-smelting houses, which are erected there on account of the great plenty there is of wood.'

From: 'Townships: Garstang', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 7 (1912), pp. 311-313. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report ... mpid=53245 Date accessed: 06 December 2009.


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 Post subject: Re: Iron Smelting East of Garstang
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The chap who wrote 'Northward' (an excellent book, I might add) mentioned this, and concluded that the smoke was misidentified. In his opinion it was probably coming from ordinary house chimneys behind the trees, because, as far as he was aware, there'd never been any iron-smelting in the district. Can't remember the name of the bloke who wrote Northward now...obviously the coffee's not kicking in properly today.

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 Post subject: Re: Iron Smelting East of Garstang
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Iron smelting would require iron ore, coal/coke/charcoal and limestone. The missing item would seem to be iron ore as charcoal (wood) and limestone were probably easily obtainable.


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