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Viewing website implies consent to set cookies on your computer. Full details Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 995
 Date Entered 22/05/2017
 Updated on 26/05/2017
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Mining Related
 Record Type Industrial Archaeology
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 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 21/05/2017
 Location Teesdale, Lunedale,
 Civil Parish Lunedale
 Brit. National Grid NY 84 20
 Altitude 365m-405m
 Geology Mineralised and faulted zone of the Great or Main limestone in the vicinity of the Lunedale Fault.
 Record Name A recent visit to the Lunehead Lead and Baryte Mine complex.
 Record Description The Lunehead Lead and Baryte Mine comprises widespread visible workings of different periods and was was the most productive mine operated by The London Lead Mine Company in Teesdale. This very extensive mine complex complex extends from river level at Lunehead Gill Beck up to and including the hushes and shafts on the outcrop of the Great Limestone on open moorland south of the B6277 road includes extensive open cut hushes and very many shafts together with a crushing mill and two mine shop buildings.
 Dimensions See photos
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 Tree Site ID 0
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 Additional Notes This mine was worked in living memory (1937) by miners who walked with their 'Bait' up to the mine each Monday morning from Brough. The miners lived in the Mine Shop Buildings (see photos) from Monday to Friday, returning to Brough on Friday evening. For the following and further detailed description of this mine together complex with statistics of the lead and barytese ore produced between 1771 and 1984, see Worked by London Lead Co. from 1771 to 1880 into Wensley, Read, Nacky (Old Sun), White, Little White, Cavern, Lunehead No.1 and Hunter Veins. Between 1843 and 1879 produced bulk of LLCo.'s Yorkshire mines lead concentrates c2369 tons (2) From 1884 produced Barytes - 1884 to 1913 , 35807 ton Total to 1981 estimated at 70,00 tons (surely 70,000 tons,TCL) (3) Worked by Reynoldson of Brough for barytes from 1884 -1937. From 1939 - 1981 by Athole G Allan of Stockton. Site includes Crushing Mill, two reservoirs, aqueduct, with tramways and a mine shop
 Image 1 ID 7341         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The two mine shop buildings, dormatories for the miners who worked here until 1937.
 Image 2 ID 7343         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 3 ID 7344         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Small packhorse bridge on the old road to the mine
 Image 4 ID 7345         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Mossy saxifrage on the bridge abutment
 Image 5 ID 7346         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description The remains of the crushing mill
 Image 6 ID 7348         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Large mine shfts and open cut trenches on the
 Image 7 ID 7349         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Open cut hushes with the limestone walls of the emptied vein visible
 Image 8 ID 7350         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Open cut hushes with the limestone walls of the emptied vein visible
 Image 9 ID 7353         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Open cut hushes with the limestone walls of the emptied vein visible
 Image 10 ID 7354         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Open cut hushes with the limestone walls of the emptied vein visible
 Image 11 ID 7351
 Image 11 Description One of the many ore dressing floors on the hushes
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