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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 850
 Date Entered 14/02/2015
 Updated on 12/04/2015
 Recorded by Alan and Judith Mills
 Category Mining Related
 Record Type Mining
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 14/02/2015
 Location Harkerside
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SE 01347 97469
 Altitude 1280ft
 Record Name Mine site
 Record Description A derelict mining site on Harkerside. Its location coincides with "Harker Level" on the 1st Edition 6" OS map - see image below. There is no known evidence of it actually having that name when in use; it possibly acquired that name simply by virtue of its location.
It is mentioned in Dunham & Wilson p 174 "An adit [0134 9745] at 1300ft from the north end of the hush system would also give command of the Underset beds but no record of its course remains."
This mine is also probably the one referred to in British Mining no. 51, The Grinton Mines, p 70 "A level was driven from the foot of the hush on the dale side of the saddle [formed by High Harker Hill] in a SSE direction back towards Grovebeck. This would have been able to work the Underset Limestone , as well as the Main Limestone. This level was mentioned in 1761 when the mine was let to Robert Elliott and partners. It is likely that it was driven by Marriott earlier that century [Ref NYCRO ZKU 1X 1/43] ". Little remains of the mine apart from one clear bouse team, perhaps one of maybe five - see images below - the spoil heap, and the footings of at least two buildings, again see images below.
 Image 1 ID 6074         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description What appears to be a single bouse team, built into the side of a large spoil heap
at SE 01348 97450
But note image 6199 below.
 Image 2 ID 6075         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description A close-up of the bouse team.
 Image 3 ID 6079         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Close to the bouse team, to the East, what appear to be the foundations of a small rectangular structure.
 Image 4 ID 6077         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Also nearby and to the North, the foundations and low wall of another rectangular structure
at SE 01347 97469
 Image 5 ID 6199         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description We thought at first that there was only one bouse team associated with this mine, but on closer inspection after the snow had melted it looks as if this there were perhaps five. This image is of the ruins of the lower (fifth) potential bouse team, to the south west at SE 01338 97457 .
 Image 6 ID 6197         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The level seems to have been driven on the hush running south east uphill, shown here.
 Image 7 ID 6198         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description There is no clear evidence of the level portal in the hush; this seems to be the most likely place at SE 01373 97403 .
 Image 8 ID 6196         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description An extract from the 1st Edition OS showing Harker Level (disused). The current shooting track is much closer than those tracks shown here, running underneath the spoil heap.
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