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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 616
 Date Entered 06/10/2012
 Updated on 14/01/2013
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Mining Related
 Record Type Industrial Archaeology
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 04/10/2012
 Location Muker Common
 Civil Parish Muker
 Brit. National Grid 
 Altitude 500m
 Geology Faulted and mineralised strata (the Providence Vein) at and below the Main Limestone. The Providence Vein can be traced from Cliff Beck in Swaledale to Sargill and beyond the River Ure to cross Burtersett High Pasture to Wether Fell- a total distance of 7.5 miles. (Dunham K.C. and Wilson A.A. 1985.Geology of the North Pennine Orefield, Vol 2 Stainmore to Craven.p166 and Figure30).
 Record Name Muker Common. The Providence Hushes and Providence Mine.
 Record Description The Providence Mine worked the lead ore deposits (up to 60m wide) on the Providence Vein from three different Levels and also by previous hushing and was in production until 1880. The prominent spoil heaps of highly dolomitised and limonitised limestone typical of flot workings in the zone of oxidation are very extensive.The ores worked includedcrussite-fringed galena,calcite,aragonite and baryt. (Dunham K.C. and Wilson A.A. 1985.)
 Additional Notes Access to this mine involves a lengthy walk and there are remains of a made trackway leading eastward towards West Greenseat, see photo.
 Image 1 ID 3439         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Spoil heaps of the Providence Mine from the east towards Cliff Beck and the Buttertubs Road.
 Image 2 ID 3950         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Location of the collapsed portal of one of the main Levels. Stone faces of both walls of the portal just visible. Marked by collapses and by seepage of water draining from the Level.
 Image 3 ID 3441         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Spoil heaps and hushes.
 Image 4 ID 3442         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Spoil heaps and hushes.
 Image 5 ID 3443         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Spoil heaps and hushes.
 Image 6 ID 3444         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Mineralised material from the spoil heaps.
 Image 7 ID 3445         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Spoil heaps and hushes.
 Image 8 ID 3446         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Trackway leading from the Providence mine eastward and upward towards West Greenseat.
 Image 9 ID 3447         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description View northward from providence Mine towards Thwaite and Kisdon Hill
 Image 10 ID 3951         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Alan Mills marks the position of two collapsed boose teams at lower end of the line of spoil heaps.
 Image 11 ID 3953
 Image 11 Description View eastward towards West Greenseat, visible in distance across the line of spoil heaps
 Image 12 ID 3952
 Image 12 Description Detail of collapsed walling at the boose teams covered by spoil heap debris.
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