Farey includes "Foremark, NW of the park" in a list of slag heaps (most of which are charcoal blast furnace sites). The most likely location is northwest of Foremark Park Farm, now beneath Foremark Reservoir. The site may have been either an otherwise unrecorded blast furnace, or a bloomery. (1-3)
No evidence has yet been found for the history of this site, although it may be significant that the major owner in Foremark was the Burdett family and that in 1689 Elizabeth Burdett married Charles Jennens of Erdington, Warwickshire, whose family had the nearby furnace at Hartshorne around the same date. Cranstone (Authority 2) suggests two possible sites for the furnace which would fit Farey's directions and commonsense topographical deduction. One of these lies at SK 331235, on the parish boundary north-west of Foremark Park Farm. This is the more likely of the two. It now lies beneath Foremark Reservoir. (4)
Article in serial: Cranstone, D. 1985. 'The iron industry of the Ashby coalfield', Bulletin of the Leicestershire Industrial Historic Society. Number 8, pp 23-31. pp 27-8.
Bibliographic reference: Farey, J. 1811. A General View of the Agriculture and Minerals of Derbyshire, Vol. 1. p396-401.
Bibliographic reference: Riden, P. 1985. A Gazetteer of Charcoal Blast Furnace Sites in Great Britain in use since 1660.
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SK 331 235 (point) (Centre)
FOREMARK, SOUTH DERBYSHIRE, DERBYSHIRE
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