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Bolton Gill and Hebden Gill Lead Workings, Hebden. Yorkshire Dales. Archaeological Survey Report

Quartermaine, Jamie (2015) Bolton Gill and Hebden Gill Lead Workings, Hebden. Yorkshire Dales. Archaeological Survey Report. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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The earliest mining activity within the study area was on the northern side of Bolton Gill, and was characterised by a series of hushes extending down the valley. The date of the
hushes is very uncertain, and from a technological perspective could potentially be of any date within the broad range of the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries.
Across the northern side of Bolton Gill is a small mining landscape comprising two parallel lines of shafts which were serviced by a dressing floor on the lower, undulating ground. The amount of spoil associated with these shafts was not substantial and the implication is that the shafts were not dug to a great depth and the workings were relatively non-intensive; however, they were collectively sufficiently productive to warrant the establishment of a local dressing floor. There are documentary references to the mine operations of William Ridley in 1759, which provides details of the working of up to four shafts; they are not specifically located but believed to be from this area of Bolton Gill.
Across the area of Bolton Haw Side, there is a series of shafts that pre-date the workings of the Hebden Moor Mining company, and these probably correspond to documented coal
working throughout the eighteenth century.

Item Type: Client Report
Subjects: Geographical Areas > English Counties > North Yorkshire
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
Divisions: Oxford Archaeology North
Depositing User: Watson
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2018 13:22
Last Modified: 25 May 2023 10:44
URI: http://eprints.oxfordarchaeology.com/id/eprint/4258

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