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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 887
 Date Entered 08/08/2015
 Updated on 08/08/2015
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Mining Related
 Record Type Mining
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 29/07/2015
 Location Clints Scar
 Civil Parish Marske
 Brit. National Grid NZ 0890 0249
 Altitude 213m
 Geology The Clints Vein which: '....brings down the Main Limestone on the South side against the Ten fathom Grit on the North side'. For a full description of the geology and mining of this locality, see : K.C. Dunham and A.A. Wilson, British Geological Survey.'Geology of the North Pennine Orefield, Vol.2 Stainmore to Craven, pp 151,2 and Figure 25 North Swaledale Mineral Belt.'
 Record Name The Clints Lead Mine
 Record Description This Record will provide a brief image of the surface features which survive on the steep fell slopes on the eastern side of Marske Beck opposite Telfit Farm. The entrances to the the Lower and Upper Levels were driven unsuccessfully into the hillside, 'without finding much ore'.Higher up, on the kame terrace below Clints Scar, extensive areas with shallow pits, delves or 'scrins' mark the earliest evidence for lead mining here. These pits exploited the most readily available lead ore from horizontal deposits or flots, close to the surface, by open cast delves. No dates are known for these early lead mine delves, a challenge for mining archaeologists and historians.
 Image 1 ID 6382         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Entrance to the lower level, Clints Mine
 Image 2 ID 6383         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Detail at the entrance to the Lower Level, with fine crop of Harts Tongue Fern.
 Image 3 ID 6384         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Spoil heaps mark the location of the Upper Level, Clints Lead Mine. Very little vein material in these heaps indicates that the Upper Level level was unsuccessful.
 Image 4 ID 6386         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Detail of the entrance to the Upper Level
 Image 5 ID 6388         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Extensive areas with shallow pits, delves or scrins on the kame terrace below Clints Scar possibly mark the earliest evidence for lead mining here. These pits exploited the most readily available lead ore from horizontal deposits or flots close to the surface by open cast.
 Image 6 ID 6387         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The lead mining scrins seen from Clints Scar. Musk thistle in foreground.
 Image 7 ID 6389         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description The lead mining scrins seen from below Clints Scar. The prominent nick in the cliff marks the line of Clints Fault.
 Image 8 ID 6390         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Yellow ochre, a mixture of the iron compound ores limonite and haematite found at Clints Scar.
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