Keys to the Past

Backstone Bank Wood (Tunstall Reservoir)

This is a an area of ancient woodland with a long history of coppice management. It contains at least 12 charcoal platforms. The wood is likely to have been part of one of the 'springs' or coppice woods in the Bishop of Durham's Park at Wolsingham, which supplied wood for lead and iron smelting. A direct functional link between this woodland the two large bloomeries PRNs 6461& 6463 is suggested by their proximity.

Reference number:D6462
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Tunstall Reservoir


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