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Carnforth Coke Ovens

Carnforth, England

These early 19th-century kilns were used to make coke, a key Ingredient in steel production.  

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The Carnforth Coke Ovens, are a group of five beehive coke kilns alongside the Lancaster Canal in Carnforth. 

During the 1800s, coal was brought up the Lancaster Canal from the Lancashire coalfield by barge. Once put into the kilns, the coal was converted into industrial coke.

These five beehive-shaped kilns were constructed shortly after the northern end of the Lancaster Canal was finished in 1819. There are several of these kilns down the Lancaster Canal, but most have been covered by vegetation and are no longer visible. Volunteers in Carnforth have worked over the years to keep these kilns visible.  

Know Before You Go

Go over Lancaster Canal bridge 127, turn right, walk for a minute parallel to the canal and find them as you bear right onto a grass track.

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