Tuesday, 3 May 2016


A square form, a quadrate, nestles by the side of a babbling brook in Furnace Wood. 
The question is what was it for?  I don't know.  Perhaps it is associated with one of the old industries of the Duddon Valley, the making of bobbins, iron making, coppicing or even a hand tanning pool.   It is a mystery to me. Water was used from the River Duddon and perhaps
from this stream in the 18th Century for water power to operate the box bellows below

at the Blast Furnace.  The charcoal produced from the surrounding woodland powered the furnace that once lit would burn for six months, producing molten iron every twelve hours. (The casting arch can be seen on the right).
Another question arises as I take you on the path up through the wood, of what this faded message once said.
At least there is no question of what these flowers are by the side of the path, although the various varieties of mosses might be another matter.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at Q here



Melody Steenkamp said...

lovely choice and wondrful photo's of beautiful scenery

Have a nice abc-wednesday-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photography of nature and great choice for Q ~

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Reader Wil said...

Beautiful ancient piece of nature and history. Thanks Joy!
Wil, ABCWTeam

Murthy K v v s said...

Pics are very nice.

Leslie: said...

Quite nice...I learned a new word from you plus got a history lesson. Just my cup of tea!

abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

looks like the foundation. for SOMETHING!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love the picture of that serene stream...it is quite poetic...