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Stanton New Works blast furnaces and pig beds

View looking across the pig beds towards the three 1928-built New Works blast furnaces. (These replaced 5 smaller open-top furnaces dating from the 1870's.) When the furnaces were tapped, molten iron was run out into the beds which were laid out in sand to form a series of moulds. (The name 'pigs' derives from the similarity of these moulds to rows of piglets suckling on either side of a mother pi…