ironstone ways

1) Routes for transporting iron stone.

The partnerships between furnaces and forges meant that ironstone might have to be transported over long distances, and the loaded carts are unlikely to have been welcome in the townships through which they passed: some new routes may have had to be built. A letter which invited Mr Spencer of Cannon Hall to dinner at Colne Bridge contains one of a very few references to the topic: 1750 As you will then see the way I propose to have your Ironstone led down, I hope you will take that Trouble, it is an old Ironstone Way, more open and not so steep as the other.

places Colne Bridge
dates 1750

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