Today’s picture is another from the Gladding McBean photoshoot.
This is one of the giant kilns used to fire the various terra cotta pieces they made (and still make today) at this old factory. The kiln is quite large as it is designed to hold big quantities of large pipes and pots. I was surprised to learn that beneath the kiln is a a deep pit, up to 30 feet deep! This is to facilitate the hot airflow, as is the domed roof.
As you can see, the ceiling is full of holes, parts have simply rusted away or destroyed in one of the fires they had there in the past. The holes make for some interesting play of light on sunny days, as you can see here. The sun exposes the lovely golden tones of the brickwork.