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Holmslinn lead mine (Allendale)

Wheel pit at Holmslinn Mine.
Wheel pit at Holmslinn Mine.

Lead mining began at Holmslinn in 1856 and continued until the late 19th century. It was one of four shafts in the East Allen valley owned and operated by the Blackett Company. The main entrance to the mine was via a shaft, dug in 1855, that is about 70m deep. At the top of the shaft is a tower that supported the winding gear that lifted the lead ore to the surface and carried workers through the shaft. An hydraulic engine powered the winding gear and the stone engine bed still survives. The engine was supplied with high pressured water from an accumulator fed from a water wheel, the wheel pit of which still survives. The lead ore from Holmslinn was processed at the Allen smelt mill in nearby Allendale, also operated by Blackett. This is a Scheduled Monument and the wheel pit is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N7490
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Allendale


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