Join A.S.H Team for a night full of the Hauntings at Moira Furnace
Sat 29th September 2012
Furnace Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Derby DE12 6AT
Includes overnight vigil of Woodlands, Grounds, Musuem and the Kitchen and Dining Areas.
Access into the premises not just outside areas.
In 1804 the Earl of Moira had the furnace constructed to take advantage of the iron ore and abundant coal which were present underground in the surrounding Ashby Woulds area owned by him. The location was chosen for its proximity to the Ashby Canal for transport, and the lie of the land which allowed the furnace to be built low down so the raw materials did not need raising very high.
However, this was a period of development in blast furnace design and some of the features of Moira Furnace do not appear to have been successful. It was brought into blast in 1806, and used intermittently until 1811, though the foundry remained in use until after 1844 by utilising iron brought in from elsewhere.
The historical evidence shows that, although saleable iron was at times produced, over the period that the furnace operated it experienced continual problems. Documents mention bad design, bad construction, bad raw materials, and bad management, but many of the documents were written by individuals trying to divert the blame from themselves. The furnace was abandoned with its final charge still inside, partially smelted. Metallurgical examination has shown a high sulphur content in the raw materials, which may have been a contributory factor, and the chimney shows signs of severe overheating, indicating a design fault or operating problem.
The attached foundry continued to be used for some years, using brought-in pig iron, though it was demolished later in the 19th century. Meanwhile the bridgehouse and the engine house, which was a separate building to the side of the furnace, were converted to dwellings and survived. However, by the 1970s they had become derelict and affected by mining subsidence and the engine house was demolished. After pressure by Philip Riden and from Leicestershire Industrial History Society, the furnace and bridgehouse were scheduled as an ancient monument. The site was acquired by North West Leicestershire District Council in 1981, who sponsored a Community Programme to restore the site and develop it as a museum and country park.
Inside the bridgehouse there is now a museum, operated by the Moira Furnace Museum Trust, which is open regularly. It has information boards and displays about Moira Furnace and the industrial heritage of the area.
In recent times the furnace has become a popular site for paranormal investigations. It was first put on the map as a location of paranormal interest when Swadlincote Paranormal Investigations investigated the furnace with well-known TV personalities such as Richard Felix and Phil Wyman. Investigation teams from all over the country now visit this location and even hold events here which are open to the public.
Note . . Many people use the woodland and grounds as investigations at A.S.H we have secured full indoor access for the night.
At £30.00 per person only Limited Tickets now available.