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Loftus Foundry and the old cupola

Loftus Foundry and the old cupola

Zetland Foundry, Station Road, Loftus. The old iron melting cupola can be seen on the left of the photo; the decision by Skinningrove Iron Co to build a new blast furnace in the late 1940s (the largest in the North East at that time) gave the Foundry the opportunity to tender for castings for the new build. This meant the small cupola shown here had to be replaced with a larger capacity furnace. On the right of the photo in the open shed a heap of moulding sand and next to it a pile of scrap iron Рrisings and runners Рcan be seen. On the left hand side a pile of moulding boxes are stacked ready for use. All the following images were taken during August and September 1950.
Image courtesy of Robin Wilson.

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