Reflecting on our rich industrial heritage part 3

Having already completed very successful archaeological surveys of woodland industry and water power remains, at the beginning of March our Reflection on History project moved on to mining and quarrying. An introductory event in Langdale on 9th March outlined the history of these industries in the catchment and professionals demonstrated the survey and recording techniques volunteers needed to use on a guided walk to Banks Quarry (a redundant slate quarry), one of the 4 sites chosen around Grasmere and Langdale. The other sites were Greenhead Gill a 16th century lead mine (Grasmere), and Fairfield and Providence 17th century Iron mines (near Tongue Gill, Grasmere). Survey work started in April and will be completed this Friday! Supported by archaeological staff from the National Trust and Lake District National Park and contractors Oxford Archaeology North volunteers are recording the remains at each site. The surveys will provide an accurate record of surviving remains and feed into interpretation explaining how the sites functioned. The results will be ready to share at a volunteer’s event later this month. For further information please email or contact Holly Beavitt-Pike on 01539 792687.

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