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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 486
 Date Entered 02/04/2012
 Updated on 02/04/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Mining Related
 Record Type Mining
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 01/04/2012
 Location Whitaside. High Lane Pasture. Birks.
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SD 9901 9717
 Altitude 375m
 Geology Middle Limestone
 Record Name Whitaside. Bale Site and adjacent shaft mounds. Smith Site Birks 240
 Record Description This lead bale is recognisable as a low circular turf covered mound eroded one edge with visible charcoal and much slag, see detail photographs. Slag and charcoal also visible in rabbit holes. Radiocarbon dated to 1460-1660AD (Dr Richard Smith. 'Bale Smelting in the Yorkshire Dales.' British Mining No 22, 90-107. The lead ore from the adjacent shaft mound and line further shaft mounds runnning southward may have been processed at this lead bale. It is however equally probable that the shaft are later in date and that the initial activity was to process ore from surface workings.
 Dimensions Bale site 8m diameter.
 Image 1 ID 2549         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Bale and shaft mound near road.
 Image 2 ID 2550         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Bale and shaft mound near road.
 Image 3 ID 2551         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Bale and shaft mound near road.
 Image 4 ID 2552         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Detail of bale with slag and charcoal
 Image 5 ID 2553         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Detail of bale with slag and charcoal
 Image 6 ID 2554         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Shaft mound, most southerly of a line of shafts.
 Image 7 ID 2555         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Shaft mound view west towards nearby burnt mound.
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