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Monument record MDR5246 - Coke Ovens, Ramshaw Lodge

Type and Period (3)

  • (Former Type) (Victorian - 1840 AD? to 1890 AD?)
  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Victorian to Mid 20th Century - 1900 AD? to 1950 AD?)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

SK 3775 7707. The Ramshaw coke ovens were worked from c. 1841 to c1871, when coal could be used in steam engines instead of coke. The colliery lasted until the 1890s. (1) Two rows of Beehive coke ovens in the grounds of Ramshaw Lodge, of 19th century date. Upper row of 11 stands above an abandoned railway line, only the front sections survive. A second row, overgrown, borders the drive from Unstone Green. (2, 3) The upper row are of header brick construction with a covering of earth and stones, 10' diameter and 6'3" high at the apex. The wall is vertical for the first 2'6", with a single charging hole 10" diameter, no other flue. There is no apparent emptying arch at the front. (4) Coke Ovens, Ramshawe Lodge. Remains of beehive coke ovens now incorporated into the ornamental grounds of Ramshawe Lodge which was originally the Unstone Colliery Manager's house. As they lie within the garden of a private house and cannot be seen from any public thoroughfare, they may only be viewed by arrangement with the owners of Ramshawe Lodge. An upper row of eleven ovens are simple domes constructed of a single skin of header bricks covered with stone and earth: 10ft diameter and 6ft 3ins high. The wall is vertical for 2ft 6ins above the ground and there is a charging hole of 10ins diameter at the top of each oven. Some were used as pig sties in later years. The lower range of ovens is hidden in the shrubbery and covered with ivy. All the ovens originally belonged to Rangeley & Co. and date from the coming of the railway. (5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Article in serial: Reedman, K & Sissons, M. 1984. 'Unstone coke ovens', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 104, pp 10-18.
  • <2> Index: NDAT. 2001. 2001.
  • <3> Unpublished document: DCC Archive.
  • <4> Index: Council for British Archaeology (CBA). CBA Industrial Archaeology Report Card. Beehive coke ovens, Unstone.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Fowkes, D. 2000. Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology. Part V. North East Derbyshire. P.40.



Grid reference Centred SK 3780 7704 (86m by 95m) (Centre)

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  • EDR309

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Record last edited

Dec 13 2016 10:32AM

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