Coke Ovens at the Southern End of Furnace Road
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Cumbria County Council
Allerdale Borough Council
SJ036036 (303561, 536295)
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The buried remains of a bank of mid-18th century coke ovens located at the southern end of Furnace Road in Maryport. These coke ovens were used to produce coke for the adjacent Netherhall blast furnace. They were built some time after the blowing-in of the furnace in 1754 but before the fimal sale of the furnace in 1783. The ovens are constructed of dressed sandstone and lined with brick and are of an unusual non-beehive form. They are best described as rectangular barrel-vaulted form with an unloading door at the front base and a flue and/or loading chute at the rear top. On present knowledge these are considered to be the oldest coke ovens in Britain, and therefore probably in the world. Scheduled.
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