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Turf Moor Hush, Langthwaite

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Turf Moor hush

YDNPA, 2004, (AK109)


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Turf Moor Hush, Langthwaite

Historical Environment Record No: MYD21546

Parish: Arkengarthdale

OS Grid Reference: NY992021

Dale: Swaledale

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

Description

This site comprises of the remains of a lead mining hush and shaft mounds within an extensive mining landscape at Moulds Side. The hush dates from the 17th to early 19th century while the mine shafts are of 18th to 19th century date. The geology of the site is interesting. The cliff that can be seen in the side of the hush is of Main Limestone which is faulted against mudstones and overlain by scree from higher gritstone layers. This softer material lying over and alongside the limestone was relatively easily washed out by the force of water used. Tips of spoil and manual ore dressing waste, representing the earliest phase of processing at Moulds Side lie beside the hushes. The shaft mounds are up to 4 metres high by 30 metres in diameter and form impressive rakes following the line of the vein from the upslope end of the hush.

Location

About 600 metres north of the car park (charge)in Langthwaite, in Arkengarthdale, take the minor road on the left sign posted "Low Row 3m".
After about 1/2 mile the road goes over a bridge which crosses the Hush.
The main part of the Hush is up the hill on the right hand side of the road. The main gully comes down the hillside alongside a small walled wood.

Public Transport Details

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

Accessibility

Viewable from roadside.

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