‘Sweaty job’ for men at Shieldhill Pit

Workers in front of the coke ovens at Shieldhill Pit. It was a 'sweaty job' for the men
Workers in front of the coke ovens at Shieldhill Pit. It was a 'sweaty job' for the men
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William Lamond of Windsor Road in Falkirk looks back on the district’s industrial heritage through this picture taken at Shieldhill Pit.

It shows workers taking time out to pose for the camera in front of the pit’s ovens.

The details said: “Two of the bank of coke ovens, known as “The Kilns” at Shieldhill Pit, with hoppers used to charge them with coal mounted on rails above.

“During firing, which took 20 to 30 hours, the doors of the ovens were bricked up as shown in this photograph.

“When the volatile matter had been driven off, the doors were opened, the coke was quenched by having water sprayed on it, and the workers had the sweaty job of drawing it, still warm, from the back of the ovens using the long forks in the foreground and unloading it with the wide rakes.”