Hammerhead tower

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Hammerhead tower, shaft 4, Minister Stein colliery in Dortmund. Office furnishings are located in the elongated substructure that was subsequently added

A special type of headframe is known as the hammer head tower . The characteristic shape with a slim base and protruding head, in which the hoisting machines are located, gave the hammer head towers their name.

In contrast to the previously used headframes ( Tomson-Bock , Englischer Bock), hammer head towers were built in closed construction from around 1915 . Only a few of the originally numerous hammer head towers have survived today as industrial monuments .



In 2016, the Federal Chamber of Engineers recognized the hammerhead winding tower of Shaft IV of the Camphausen pit as a historical landmark of engineering in Germany .


  • Wilhelm Hermann, Gertrude Hermann: The old mines on the Ruhr. 6th edition, Verlag Karl Robert Langewiesche, successor Hans Köster KG, Königstein i. Taunus, 2008, ISBN 978-3-7845-6994-9

Web links

Commons : Hammerhead Towers  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Camphausen IV conveyor tower at Wahrzeichen.ingenieurbaukunst.de (accessed on November 27, 2016).