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The Horrified Engine House by Yampimon

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An old building, part of a blast furnace complex, at Blists Hill Telford UK that appeared to have a horrified expression.

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The Blists Hill blast furnaces replaced the riverside Bedlam furnaces – where Darby’s Iron Bridge was cast. The remains of the blast furnaces at Blists Hill represent the third generation of coke-fuelled iron smelting furnaces. They were built in the 1830s and 1840s, with blast provided by two steam engines that were housed in this building.
These furnaces were typical of many built during the first part of the nineteenth century throughout the West Midlands region.
Originally the Blists Hill furnaces stood 15m tall, and were charged with raw materials supplied by the canal. The furnaces were in use until 1912. Their closure was prompted by a strike, but their design had been superceded by the 1870s with the widespread introduction of hot blast furnaces three or four times the size. The furnace stacks were demolished almost immediately, but the engine houses, charging platforms and furnace bases survived to be restored by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.


  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 2 years ago

    Great place, Yampi.

  • Thanks Sheryl

    – Yampimon

  • denisem
    denisemover 2 years ago

    This is great. Terrific architecture and capture. Good title also.

  • Thank you Denise

    – Yampimon

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012over 2 years ago

    Haha! Yampi what a find …. I see what you see! Love it. Faved and filed alongside my tree buddy. Apparently they’re good mates! Lol
    Love Colleen2012

  • Thanks Colleen, wouldn’t it be good if all buildings were designed so they look like they have a face.

    – Yampimon

  • fazza
    fazzaover 2 years ago

    this is a beauty mate,looks like me when i go the dentist(horrified)love the old brickwork,cheers fazza

  • Thank you, I wonder if the architect realised he’d designed a building with a face, I hope so.

    – Yampimon

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 2 years ago

    Excellent!! Faces appear in the strangest places!!

  • Thanks Keith, one of my ‘things’ is to find faces in images, as you may have spotted. When I saw this one I think I may have got a little over excited for a while.

    – Yampimon

  • shutterbug2010
    shutterbug2010over 2 years ago

    They had to know what they were doing when they designed this, if not it’s definitely one of those happy accidents! What a cool find, and a great shot!!!

  • Thank you very much, I’d like to think they knew it looked like a face when it was designed but given the time it was built I doubt that such frivolity would have been acceptable.

    – Yampimon

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much for featuring this picture Georgie

    – Yampimon

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandover 2 years ago

    Do you think the architect had this face in mind? Terrific capture and find that’s very well composed..

  • Thanks Michael, I’d like to think the designer chose to put a face on it but maybe he would have chosen happy if he had.

    – Yampimon

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your feature in Caption Fun…, lovely work

  • Thank you Andrea

    – Yampimon

  • Debbie-anne
    Debbie-anneover 2 years ago

    Awesome looking building – I love its face

  • Me too, there’s definately a character to it.

    – Yampimon

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