Carrshield Lead Mines (West Allen)

  • Description

    "These are the remains of two lead mines and an ore works, standing on the base and lower slopes of the valley of the West Allen at Carrshields. These are the remains of over three centuries of mining at the site. The earliest known mining activity at the site was a level opened in 1760s and continued in use throughout the 19th century. The arches of this mine entrance are still visible. The two-storey lodging shop is the largest in the North Pennines. Inside and around the lodging shops are a series of culverts, some of which may have been used to drain the mines. The second mine at the site was Scathole Mine, which was operated in the 19th century by the Beaumont Company in the 19th century and re-opened in the 1950s. As well as the mining remains there is evidence for at least two hushes. Other remains include a set of bouse teams and a washing floor. The River West Allen runs through the centre of the complex. It is revetted with stone walls which once supported an extension of the washing floor. The complex also includes the remains of a railway line and several tracks giving access to the waste heaps. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law." Photo by Les Hull, 2010.
  • Owner

    Les Hull
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 3 years, 6 months ago
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    Picture Taken: 2010-08-11
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