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Chilworth Gunpowder Mills

Chilworth Road, Albury, Chilworth, Surrey, GU4 8RH.

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The extensive site of the Gunpowder Works, which boasts possibly the most prominent (and famous) remains of the Tillingbourne mills. Explore not only the…

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Lumsdale Mills, Ponds & Waterfall

Upper Lumsdale Valley, Lumsdale, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5LA.

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The valley, on the edge of Matlock, is one of the best water-powered industrial archaeological sites in Great Britain; it is unusual to see so extensive…

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Frosterley Marble

Frosterley Railway Station, Stanhope, Nr Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, DL13 2SL.

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Three walks start from Frosterley Station on the Weardale Railway, which look at some of the old quarrying remains of Frosterley and their effects on the…

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Black Mountain Quarries

A4069, Between Llangadog and Upper Brynamman, Brecon Beacons, Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin, .

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Starting from either of the car parks on the A4069, follow the marked trail and audio trail around the quarries. There are interpretation panels in the…

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Minera Lead Mines

Wern Road, Minera, Wrexham, Wrexham, LL11 3DU.

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Substantial remains of former lead mines and processing works, much of which has been restored on conserved. Cornish engine house. Located in Minera Country…

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Trevithick Trail

From Merthyr Tydfil, to Abercynon, Merthyr Tydfil, .

Explore the ‘Trevithick Trail’ that includes the ‘Trevithick Tunnel’, and enjoy a walk through history surrounded by nature’s beauty as it nestles…

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Tawe River Navigation Heritage Trail

Oystermouth Road, Swansea, Swansea, .

Starts at the ‘National Waterfront Museum’, which is best arrived at by using the Park & Ride service to the city centre. With so much to see among…

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Swannington Incline

Main Street, Swannington, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 8QN.

Part of the Leicester & Swannington Railway, one of England's first, built by Robert Stephenson to carry coal. An engine house at the top housed an engine…

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Sedgwick Gunpowder Works

Low Park Wood Caravan Site, Sedgwick, Cumbria, LA8 8AD.

Operated from 1857 until 1935. Includes the remains of buildings, mill races, leats and curious earthworks abound. Six incorporating mills, all of which…

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Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park

Off Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7UD.

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Once one of the main gunpowder factories in the South East, the park is one of the best places to discover history of gunpowder manufacturing in a tranquil…

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Rockley Furnace & Engine House

Rockley Lane, Nr Birdwell, Yorkshire, .

The furnace was built around 1700 to smelt the local iron ore. The engine house once housed a Newcomen type pumping engine that kept the iron mine dry.…

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Ram Hill Colliery

Ram Hill, Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire, BS36 2TY.

This historically important site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument under the control of English Heritage, which has been largely cleared of vegetation by…

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Trevor Wharf, Llangollen Canal, Trevor, Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych, LL20 7TY.

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Built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, it is 307m (1,007ft) long, 3-4m (11ft) wide and 1.6m (5.25ft) deep. It is a navigable aqueduct that carries…

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Pont y Cafnau

Cyfarthfa, Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, .

Located just below the confluence of the Afon Taf Fawr and the Afon Taf Fechan rivers, it is now used as a public footpath. This cast iron aqueduct (1793),…

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Phillip’s Harbour (Harrow Harbour)

Pentland Firth Coast, Mey, Sutherland, .

On the road sign it’s called Harrow Harbour. It is easy to jump to the conclusion that when Phillip's Harbour was built in the early 1800s it was primarily…

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Penderyn Quarry Line

Penyard Road, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taff, .

The line dates from the mid-1780s when a horse-drawn tramway was built on a gentle gradient. The horses hauled trams from the quarry to the blast furnaces…

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Park Bridge Ironworks

Park Bridge, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 8AQ.

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For nearly 200 years, this was a thriving family business. Hundreds of people were employed here and its iron and steel were exported around the world.…

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Melingriffith Water Pump

Ty Mawr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF14 2BH.

A ‘water lift engine’, the only one left in the world. Installed in the 1790s to a design by Jessop & Rennie, it lifted water from the tailrace exiting…

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Luxulyan Valley

Luxulyan, St Blazey, Cornwall, PL24 2RZ.

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It is a dramatic, heavily wooded, steep sided valley close to St Blazey, through which the River Par flows. The valley retains an industrial and natural…

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Kennall Vale Gunpowder Mills

Kennall Vale Nature Reserve, Nr Ponsanooth, Cornwall, .

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Tucked away in a wooded valley near the village of Ponsanooth, is a site of great historical interest having a wealth of industrial archaeological features.…

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Greenside Lime Kiln

Greenside, Kendal, Cumbria, .

Preserved in 2009 and designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Saved from dereliction to become an enduring link between the lime burning industry and…

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Dylife Lead Mines

Off B4518, Machynlleth, Dylife, Powys, .

A large complex with a spectacular waterwheel installed called Rhod Goch or Red Wheel, it had a diameter of 63ft and a width of 31/2ft it was one of the…

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Darkhill Ironworks

Parkend Road, Coleford, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL16 7LX.

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It is an internationally important industrial remains associated with the development of the iron and steel industries, started by David Mushet around…

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Cyfarthfa Iron & Steelworks

Off Swansea Road, Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, .

The impressive remains that can still be seen are of the six massive blast furnaces. A large brick arch, which is still standing, was built to bridge the…

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The American Steam Traction Engine

Volume One of Maurice Kelly's definitive work on the development of the American Traction Engine. 148 pages. Softback A4 size. Well illustrated. Only…


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A lovely book on the history of the Coombe Bissett Steam Plough Works and the shepherd’s huts they made. Also the restoration of the author’s…


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