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Hebden Gill dressing floor

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Hebden Gill dressing floor

YDNPA, 2004, (GM31)


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Hebden Gill dressing floor

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36605

Parish: Hebden

OS Grid Reference: SE026651

Dale: Lower Wharfedale

Link to Archaeology Data Service:
http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/collections/blurbs/420.cfm

Description

The dressing floor was where lead ore, galena, was crushed and sorted before being sent to be smelted into lead. Originally this would have been done by hand using hammers and by washing the crushed ore in water using a variety of hand operated machines with stirring paddles and sieves such as buddles and hotching tubs. Later water power was used to drive the crushing and sorting machinery. The dressing floor in Hebden Gill contains the remains of bouse teams where the ore was stored before being processed along with associated buildings such as a tool shop and a wheel pit for the water wheel that once drove the machinery. To the north is a small reservoir. Source: Joy, David (2002) Hebden. The History of a Dales Township. Hebden: Hebden History Group

Location

From Hebden take the road going north signposted ""BW Yarnbury"". The public bridleway continues as a hard surfaced gated track after a mile. Site with ruined stone buildings on right after half a mile .

Public Transport Details

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

Accessibility

Bridleway is gated and is rough and stony.


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