RED HOUSE GLASS CONE
The Red House Glass Cone is one of a handful still surviving, in fact there only three others in the whole of the UK. The Red House Glass Cone is a Grade II* Listed building and is probably in the best condition of the surviving Cones.
The Cone which is over 100feet high was in use up to 1936 by Stuart Crystal, who then moved to a new factory across the road. The Cone was not a furnace, but a building that contained the whole manufacturing process – the furnace being located in the middle of the structure.
The Cone now contains a museum and there are displays of glassblowing given regularly. There are a number of studios on the site and with a café and bright modern shop and canal side seating; it is a good half day out. Entrance is free and there is an audio tour available (Cost £3.00).
Glassware naturally having been made on site, can be purchased. There is also a Stuart Crystal shop on site.
The museum is run by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and their leaflet can be downloaded here
The Red House Glass Cone
Glassmaking in the Black Country