What is a Cornish Boiler?

Unfortunately it’s not something tasty and wrapped in pastry, but it is a throwback to our milling days. Although not operational the coal fired boiler was used to produce steam to heat water for washing the textiles and wool. The boiler worked on a water jacket principle with a maximum working pressure of 50lbs/sq.in

In the first half of the 20th century tramps regularly s beside the boiler for warmth.

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