Keys to the Past

Gaunless Lead smelt mill (Copley)

This is the site of a lead smelting mill operated from c.1770-1870. All that remains now is a tall chimney on the south side of the valley. The works, down in the valley on the north side of the road were built by the Earl of Darlington to smelt ore from his mines in Teesdale.

Reference number:D800
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Georgian (1714 to 1830)
Victorian (1837 to 1901)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)



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