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Hard Level Gill dressing floor

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Hard Level Gill dressing floor - aerial photo

YDNPA, 2004,

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Hard Level Gill dressing floor

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36606

Parish: Reeth, Fremington & Healaugh

OS Grid Reference: NY973006

Dale: Swaledale

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Remains of a mechanised lead ore dressing floor associated with the adjacent Old Gang smelt mill. The area was developed from 1785 when Hard Level was begun as a new approach into several mines in the area. It lies on a flat area of ground between Mill Gill to the south, the road to the north and a spoil tip to the west which has partly encroached onto it. A series of seven small bouse teams located in the north west corner of the dressing floor, are almost submerged by the encroaching tip and a number of subdividing walls have collapsed. The bouse teams, where ore was stored before processing, are located on a raised platform a metre above the dressing floor. They are of drystone construction and act as a revetment to the road. There were grinding and crushing machines on the dressing floor in the 19th century as well as subsidiary buildings and a water management system.


From Feetham on the B6270 take the minor road north signposted Langthwaite, (in Arkengarthdale). After about 1 mile ignore the right turn. This is followed shortly by a bend, a cattle grid and a bridge. 30 metres past this there is broad metalled track on the left signposted "Bridle Way Only, No vehicles". Walk about 2 miles along this track and the Dressing Floor is on the left about 100 metres beyond the Peat Store.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Feetham. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Track is stony and rough with gates.

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