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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 487
 Date Entered 02/04/2012
 Updated on 04/09/2012
 Recorded by Alan and Judith Mills
 Category Mining Related
 Record Type Mining
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 Site Type 
 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 01/04/2012
 Location Marrick Moor
 Civil Parish Marrick
 Brit. National Grid NZ 055 001
 Altitude 1400ft
 Geology Yoredale series
 Record Name Copperthwaite Vein
 Record Description The Copperthwaite Vein is one of the major veins in Swaledale. Workings on the vein extend from NZ 0487 0003 on Fremington Edge in the West to NZ 0632 0048 in the East; approximately one mile in length. The workings include a hush at the Western end, shafts and opencast. The number and density of these workings along its length are testimony to the length of time for which it has been worked and to the quality of the vein. Mike Gill ( Swaledale its mines & smelt mills; p138) notes that it had been worked "from time out of mind". A map of 1592 shows the workings to have been extensive by that time and these continued well into the 19th century. More information is to be found in Les Tyson's monograph 'A history of the manor and lead mines of Marrick' (British Mining no. 38, 1989).
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 Scientific Name 
 Common / Notable Species 
 Tree and / or Stem Girth 
 Tree: Position / Form / Status 
 Tree Site ID 0
 Associated Site SWAAG ID 0
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 Image 1 ID 2556         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The Copperthwaite Vein is shown in the centre, trending approximately E - W.
 Image 2 ID 2557         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The Western end of the vein, just below Fremington Edge. This looks like a spoil heap from a level driven onto the vein; there is some possible evidence of a level entrance but inconclusive.
 Image 3 ID 2558         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description A possible bale in the foreground with small shaft behind and Reeth down below.
 Image 4 ID 2559         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Workings on the vein.
 Image 5 ID 2560         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Looking East along the vein.
 Image 6 ID 2561         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Shafts on the vein.
 Image 7 ID 2562         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description A small dam at NZ 05099 00024, 1432ft, with leat. Probably to supply water for dressing the ore.
 Image 8 ID 2563         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description A much larger dam at NZ 06320 99543, 1288ft; probably for the same purpose.
 Image 9 ID 2564         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description A map of the Owlands area of 1592. The Copperthwaite 'Gang' (Vein) is bottom left showing the already large extent of the workings. The four small circles at the extreme bottom left represent the bales on Fremington Edge - see record 282 - with the 'Priores bale' (SE 06320 99543 1288ft) to the East.
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