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ironworks, Distington
Distington Ironworks
locality:-   Distington
civil parish:-   Distington (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   ironworks
locality type:-   blast furnace
coordinates:-   NY02022427 (etc) 
1Km square:-   NY0224
10Km square:-   NY02

Erected by Distington Hematite Iron Co, from 1878. There were three blast furnaces (?); fueled by coke, steam powered blowing. Production ceased 1922.
The plant is mostly remembered for a disastrous boiler explosion. Four of their Lancashire boilers exploded on 18 September 1909. The boilers were each 30 feet long and 8 feet diameter; two half boilers landed in a field a third of a mile away. No person was hurt, the small number of men in the works on a Saturday were all shielded by the furnaces and engine houses.

Lancaster and Wattleworth 1977

Marked on OS 1918 Popular Series one inch map.

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