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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 499
 Date Entered 16/04/2012
 Updated on 07/05/2012
 Recorded by Stephen Eastmead
 Category Mining Related
 Record Type Mining
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 16/04/2012
 Location Orgate Force, Clints
 Civil Parish Marske
 Brit. National Grid NZ 09061 01860
 Altitude 199M
 Record Name Orgate Force Underground Leat
 Record Description Approximately 20m of stone sided and stone capped leat running beside Marske Beck. The leat joins the beck well above Orgate Force and extends eastwards disappearing in thick undergrowth. Whilst the leat appears to have a gradient in the opposite direction to the beck I suspect it is an optical illusion.

It is likely that the leat extended eastwards beyond Orgate Force and eventually turning into a launder which fed water to an overshot waterwheel powering the bellows in Clints Smelt Mill 2 that is indicated on Les Tyson's map. See Image 8.
 Image 1 ID 2699         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Map of the area. Red flags are the locations of the 3 smelt mills. The yellow cross is the location of the leat.

©Crown copyright and database rights 2011 Ordnance Survey 1000237401, kindly supplied by the North Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
 Image 2 ID 2648         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Orgate Force
 Image 3 ID 2649         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Leat
 Image 4 ID 2650         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Leat
 Image 5 ID 2651         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Leat
 Image 6 ID 2652         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Leat
 Image 7 ID 2653         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Leat
 Image 8 ID 2698         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description British Mining No. 50 Mining and Smelting in the Marske Areas, Swaledale, by Leslie Owen Tyson

The leat is just to the west of smelt mill 2 indicated on the map. There are some major 'corner stones' that may be where the mill was on the grassy area to the north of the beck and the west of the concrete road.
 
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