NEWNES OIL SHALE WORKS PHOTO ALBUM

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The following is a set of photographs, old and new, of the oil shale works at Newnes.
General View from the west General View looking south
This is a general view of the works looking from the west. This is part of a 'circuit' photograph of the works,
viewed from the north and looking south.
Fell Retorts at Newnes Boilers & coking stills
The bench of retorts at Newnes in 1938.
Most of the pipework seen are modifications made by John Fell
to improve the efficiency of the original Pumpherston design.
These retorts were later demolished and the fire-bricks used at Glen Davis.
This photo was taken c.1931-2.
These are the Crude Oil boilers and coking stills (behind railway wagon)
which form part of the equipment used in the refining process at Newnes.
Workers on retorts Ruined Coke Oven
Taken on top of the retorts c.1931-2.
The workers here had a thankless job of loading raw shale
down into the cylindrical retorts.
The workers ended up ingrained with the smell from the burning oil shale.
The coke ovens are a substantial set of ruins.
There were once 90 ovens in all, 88 of which were "beehive" ovens with an inside diameter of 12ft. The entrance to one of these "beehive" ovens is pictured here.
Coke making was an activity additional to the company's core business
of making oil products from oil shale.
Ruined wall at Paraffin Sheds Ruins of Paraffin Sheds with cliff
Part of the ruins of the Paraffin Sheds.
This structure would be the most substantial part of the remaining ruins.
Inside the ruins of the Paraffin Sheds with the valley cliffs in the background.
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ROAD TO NEWNES NEWNES AREA NEWNES TOWN OIL-SHALE WORKS GLOW-WORM TUNNEL NEWNES HOTEL
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This page last updated 18Apr2013