Shot tower

How a shot tower works

Tower designed for the production of small-diameter shot balls by free fall of molten lead, which is then caught in a water basin.

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How a shot tower works

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Tall structure, taller than it is wide, often by a significant factor.

Tall structure, taller than it is wide, often by a significant factor.

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Lead shot

Shot (pellet)

Collective term for small spheres or pellets, often made of lead.

Collective term for small spheres or pellets, often made of lead.

Lead shot
Shot tower at Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Australia
Selection of post-medieval lead shot
X-ray of lead shot accumulated in the gizzard of a dead swan

Lead shot was originally made by pouring molten lead through screens into water, forming what was known as "swan shot", and, later, more economically mass-produced at higher quality using a shot tower.

Redcliffe Street, by James Johnson, oil on canvas, c. 1825, showing the incomplete spire of St Mary Redcliffe looming above.

Redcliffe, Bristol

District of the English port city of Bristol, adjoining the city centre to the northwest.

District of the English port city of Bristol, adjoining the city centre to the northwest.

Redcliffe Street, by James Johnson, oil on canvas, c. 1825, showing the incomplete spire of St Mary Redcliffe looming above.
St Mary's church and surrounding modern development, seen from the Cabot Tower.

In 1782 William Watts converted his house, near St Mary Redcliffe, into the world's first shot tower, in order to make lead shot by his innovative tower process.

Redcliffe Shot Tower

The Redcliffe Shot Tower was a historic shot tower in the English city of Bristol.

Rossie, New York

Town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States.

Town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States.

The Rossie Shot Tower is still standing.

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1799 in architecture

The year 1799 in architecture involved some significant events.

The year 1799 in architecture involved some significant events.

Town Hall, Vilnius

The Chester Shot Tower, a grade-II*-listed shot tower, is built in the Boughton district of Chester, England.

The tower in 2021

Shot Tower (Dubuque)

The tower in 2021
Dubuque in 1865, the shot tower can be seen on the far right edge.
Bridges on the Mississippi, at Dubuque, an 1872 wood engraving showing the tower in the center

The Shot Tower located in Dubuque, Iowa, is one of the last remaining shot towers in the United States.

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Prill

Small aggregate or globule of a material, most often a dry sphere, formed from a melted liquid.

Small aggregate or globule of a material, most often a dry sphere, formed from a melted liquid.

Surface coal mining

Prills are formed by allowing drops of the melted prill substance to congeal or freeze in mid-air after being dripped from the top of a tall prilling tower.

Drochtersen

Municipality in the district Stade, in Lower Saxony .

Municipality in the district Stade, in Lower Saxony .

The Drochtersen Shot Tower is a 42 meter high shot tower owned by the Haentler & Natermann Jagd-Schrot & Hagel-Fabrik (Hunt pellet and hail fabrication) factory for the production of shot balls at the Elbe.

Melbourne Central railway station

Underground station on the electrified railway network in Melbourne, Australia.

Underground station on the electrified railway network in Melbourne, Australia.

Entry gates to the Swanston Street concourse and platforms in August 2017
Swanston Street concourse in August 2017

The Swanston Street concourse was altered in the early 2000s, when redevelopment works were carried out at the adjacent Melbourne Central Shopping Centre. Inside the ticket barriers there are toilets, and two lifts and five escalators going to the platforms. Outside is a food court, an exit to La Trobe Street and Level LG of the shopping centre (which passes under Little Lonsdale Street). There is also a lift and four escalators to the shopping centre level above. On the next level up (Level G), there is access to Little Lonsdale and La Trobe Streets via the shopping centre. Access to Swanston Street is via three escalators rising another floor (or the lift to Level 1 and a 70m walk), and a walk through the shopping centre past the shot tower.