Keys to the Past

Great Heaplow mining spoil (Knaresdale with Kirkhaugh)

A large finger dump of mining spoil projects from the hillside below a level cut into the sandstone outcrop some 300m south-west of Whitley Castle Roman fort. The level first appears on the second edition Ordnance Survey map of 1899 as a 'Lead Level' and as an 'Old Coal Level' on the 3rd edition of 1922. Lead processing waste is clearly visible around the base of the dump. The has previously considered to be a possible Roman signal station.

Reference number:N5947
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Event(s):TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Whitley Castle 2008; English Heritage

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Source of Reference
Local History of Knaresdale with Kirkhaugh

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