World Heritage RørosThe Røros Copper WorksThe Smelting HousesSome of the Other Smelting Houses

Some of the Other Smelting Houses

After only a few years of production at the Røros smelting house, the surrounding forests over an enormous area had been felled. The cost of transporting charcoal and wood to the smelting house increased yearly.

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 Tolgen smelting area, ca. 1870 Photo Elen Schomragh
Tolgen smelting area, ca. 1870 Photo Elen Schomragh
Peiodically, the Company built several new smelting houses closer to the areas where forest was still available. The period of use for these smelters varied, sometimes they were shut down, and then started up again. In the list below we have only recorded the years for the start up and the closing down of the smelters which were controlled by Røros Copper Works.:

 Røros hytte                           1646-1953
Nøren hytte             (1654)* 1656-1672
Galåen hytte                          1660-1671
Feragen hytte                       1661-1692
Tolgen hytte                          1670-1871
Tamlaget hytte        (1659)* 1671-1690
Dragås hytte                         1727-1834
Femundhytten                       1743-1822
Drevsjømo hytte                    1813-1834
Lovise hytte             (1748)* 1827-1879

 Eidet smelting house at Aalen by the Gaula River, the photo was taken before 1887. Røros Museum arcives.
Eidet smelting house at Aalen by the Gaula River, the photo was taken before 1887. Røros Museum arcives.
Eidet hytte                             1834-1887
Ormhaugen hytte                  1855-1867

*Noren smelting house was built by Claus Rasmussen, and taken over by the Company in 1656.
*Tamlaget smalting house in Aalen was built and operated by Joachim Irgens from 1659 1671. Røros Copper Works took over in 1671.
*Lovise smelting house at Plassen in Alvdal was built and operated by Fredrik Gaves Verk (Foldal Copper Works) from 1748 1827).
Røros Copper Works acquired the entire assets
of the Foldal Copper Works in 1827, and thereby
control of the Lovise smelting house.


Røros was added to UNESCOs of World Heritage Sites in 1980, refer also to Riksantikvaren, ( Norwegian Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings).
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