Ventilation Chimney and Furnace House 260m South of Park Farm
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County Council (Unitary)
SE103103 (410348, 425519)
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The Park Farm ventilation chimney and furnace house lie 1.75 kilometres south west of the village of Northowram, on ground which slopes gently to the east. The chimney and furnace house originally formed part of a ventilation system dating to the 1820s or 1830s, which served the Stocks and Shibden Hall collieries. The furnace drew stale air from the shaft, with the chimney providing updraft to encourage circulation. By the 1860s most colleries used underground furnaces for ventilation, and the survival of this ground level system offers the opportunity to study the earlier technology in detail. The chimney stands complete to a height of 9 metres, and is a local landmark. It is built of sandstone in ornate style with crenellated top, mock arrow-loops, and fine detailing. The furnace house survives as a small brick building immediately east of the chimney. Cinder heaps are visible in the vicinity, particularly to the north of the furnace building. Scheduled.
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