Slag Works, South Gare

These extensive concrete remains lie just North of the current SSI Blast Furnace.
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A post war map shows this structure between the Warrenby Slag Works and the Slag and Tarmacadam Works.

To me the layout of rails and concrete blocks suggest a row of storage hoppers which rail waggon could be driven underneath for loading, although i’m yet to find an old picture of what was actually here.

South Gare Slag Balls

South Gare is entirely man made, it was constructed between 1866 – 1888, its 2.5 miles long and contains an estimated 5 million tons of slag from the local blast furnaces, which shows the vast size of the industry in that period.

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This particular area contains some intact balls that havent been attacked by the sea or covered by sand and vegetation.

Powder Hole, Powder Wharf, South Gare

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Some people say this is a First World War jetty, it may well have been reused / rebuilt then but the 1894 OS maps already shows a tramway running from the powder wharf in the direction of the gare, joining up with the tramway on which sail bogies were also known to run. This would tie in nicely with 1880’s submarine mine loading complex on the gare which presumably needed a supply of explosives.
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The small inlet immediately to the south east is known as Powder Hole.