Clay Lane Blast Furnaces

During the 1970s, the train ride home from a day out in Redcar passed between the three blast furnaces and the coke ovens at South Bank. It was a hellish vision, fire, smoke and steam, sparks flying everywhere, the smell of sulphur and benzene with the occasional glimpse of men emerging from the murk.  I loved it.

I took these photographs in the late 1980’s during the demolition of the blast furnaces.

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