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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 112
 Date Entered 22/01/2011
 Updated on 22/01/2011
 Recorded by Stephen Eastmead (admin)
 Category Earthworks
 Record Type General HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 18/01/2011
 Location Blades, Swaledale
 Civil Parish Melbecks
 Brit. National Grid SD 97850 98900
 Altitude 408m down to 376m
 Geology At Stony (Staney) Gill Hole (See OS Map), north-east of Brownsey House, the downthrow north is probably 300 feet or more, as it throws out nearly all the beds between the base of the Main and the Five-Yards Limestones. At Barf End the Main and Middle Limestones are thrown side by side, About 160 yards west-north-west of Brownsey House there is an old shaft in the vein. A more recent level, 80 yards or so north of this shaft, starts considerably on the north of the break, in the chert above the Main Limestone. The level 100 yards north of Barf End is also on the north side of the vein. Ref: MEMOIRS OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY. ENGLAND AND WALES. THE GEOLOGY OF ' THE COUNTRY AROUND M A L L E R S T A R G , WITH PARTS OF WENSLEYDALE, SWALEDALE, AND ARKENDALE. (EXPLANATION OF QUARTER-SHEET 97 N.W. NEW SERIES, SHEET 40.) . J. R. DAKYNS, MA., R. H. TIDDEMAN, M.A., F.G.S., R. RUSSELL, C.E., E".G.S., C. T. CLOUGH, M.A.,F.G.S., AND A. STRAHAN, M.A., F.G.S. (PARTBSY J. G. GOODCHILD, F.G.S., C. E:DE RANCE, Assoc. INST. C.E., P.G.S., G. BARROW, F.G.S., AND F. H. HATCH, PH.D., F.G.S.)
 Record Name Blades Earthwork
 Record Description This area has had a well defined landslip which has extended down from the upper moorland down to the more agriculturally improved grassland. Where the landslip ended towards the west, a clear difference in the ground level is in the order of 0.5 to 1.0 metre. To the east it is a more complicated. The earthwork appears to be 4.0 to 5.0 metres high. When walking its length, it gives the impression that the earthwork could be a pre-existing bank which the landslip butted up to. If this is so, then the bank was constructed before the landslip, and the landslip existed prior to the dry-stone wall construction. Please look at the images below including map, Google Earth image and photographs.
 Image 1 ID 176         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Large Bank viewed from the east. This bank looks as though it may extend beyond the drystone wall to the north (right)..
 Image 2 ID 177         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Large Bank on eastern side looking north
 Image 3 ID 178         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Large Bank on eastern side looking south
 Image 4 ID 179         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Landslip termination - western end showing its height and the dry-stone wall on top.
 Image 5 ID 180         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Map of the area
 Image 6 ID 181         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Google Earth Image of the area
 Image 7 ID 182         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description OS Map of the area 1:25,000
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