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Join National Park archaeologists Robert White and Karen Griffiths for a 30 minute video tour around this fascinating site in Swaledale.

The first smelt mill was built at Grinton in the early 1700s. Between 1820-22 it was rebuilt and the flue was extended up onto Sharrow Hill. Unlike other lead smelt mills in the Yorkshire Dales, this building retains its roof and some of the wooden fittings inside.

A six metre diameter waterwheel beside the north wall of the bellows room was fed by an overhead wooden trough or ‘launder’. The wheel powered a large set of bellows which blew air to the back of the three furnaces. The wheel has been scrapped, but the bellows frame and part of the launder survive. The furnace room had two ore hearths and one slag hearth, all set into arched alcoves. The flue above the three hearths ran to a now demolished chimney on Sharrow Hill. Peat cut from the moors was burned in the hearths and the open-sided peat store can be seen beyond the mill.

Helpful Advice:

An up-to-date Ordnance Survey map is essential if you are walking in the Yorkshire Dales. We recommend that you wear strong shoes or walking boots and take wet weather gear. For more information on planning your visit go to our advice page in the Enjoying section of our website