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Hush and lead ore works (Blanchland)

Hush and lead ore works 750m north east of Burntshield Haugh. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Hush and lead ore works 750m north east of Burntshield Haugh. Photo by Peter Ryder.

The remains of an 18th century lead mine and ore works lie on the western edge of Burntshieldhaugh Fell. The earliest feature is a conical shaft mine, surrounded by a ring of spoil. It stands at the top of, and is cut by, the largest feature of the mine, a hush, which measures 550m long and up to 10m deep. Each side of the hush are areas of dressing waste and mining spoil that have been sorted, or graded, into piles of different size. There are also remains of several buildings that were mine offices and a collapsed lime kiln. The hush has a dam at its upper end, still with a pond behind it. A leat runs from the dam to the mouth of the hush. At the bottom of the hush are remains of a lead ore works. Another dam and leat lie at the bottom of the hush and would have allowed water into a curshing mill. The remains of three settling tanks and other drainage features survive as earthworks as well the foundations of some small buildings. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N8372
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Blanchland

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