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Oil drum beck

This is one of the old mill ponds on the site of Kirkstall forge, today the water is contaminated with planktonic algae. I liked the contrast of the rusty oil drum, and Green pea soup coloured water here. The forge took it's water supply from the nearby Cow beck through a series of dams, and sluices, today most of this water feed has since dried up.


This area was first used for forging by the Cistercian monks. It is thought that a furnace was built to smelt iron ore for the production of iron for nails and tools during the construction of Kirkstall Abbey. Kirkstall forge ceased production in 2003, bringing to a close 800 years of engineering here. The whole site has since been flattened, all except for the historic waterwheel, and hammer shop. Work to build new houses, shops, railway station, and leisure complex has begun on site. The crane, and 1676 slitting mill are to be thankfully retained in the new development.


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Taken on July 26, 2010