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Wenford Dries, Cornwall

Wenford Dries, Cornwall

A look inside the former Wenford Dries in Cornwall, closed in 2002.

Visited June 2021 Wenford Dries, Cornwall (Historic Property)

 

linhay at Wendford Dries
linhay at Wendford Dries

The Wenford Dries were built in the early part of the 20th century (probably post-1907) by the Stannon China Clay Company, to serve the china clay pit at Stannon on Bodmin Moor some 7.2km to the north east.

The liquid china clay slurry was carried in a pipeline from the pit to the settling tanks behind the dries.

One of the pan-kilns at Wenford Dries. The floor tiles have been removed, exposing the flues beneath.
One of the pan-kilns at Wenford Dries. The floor tiles have been removed, exposing the flues beneath.

The choice of site was heavily influenced by the presence of an existing railway line leading from Wenfordbridge which was originally constructed to carry granite from the nearby De Lank quarries. in 1919 the Stannon China Clay Company was acquired by English China Clays – at this time the largest china clay producer in Cornwall.

Coal Fired Furnaces
Coal Fired Furnaces

The Wenford Dries closed in 2002. Nowadays most of the building is just an empty shell which provides a nice playground for grafitti artists.

Chimney Stacks
Chimney Stacks
Nature has started to reclaim this building
Nature has started to reclaim this building
One of the pan-kilns at Wenford Dries. This one is more intact
One of the pan-kilns at Wenford Dries. This one is more intact
Shot of what looks like a cart track
Shot of what looks like a cart track
Former inlet pipe that is now rusting away
Former inlet pipe that is now rusting away

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