Browse Items (23 total)

The Swaledale Mining Field.pdf
Document explaining how lead ore came to present in the hills of Swaledale

Early Period of Mining in Swaledale.pdf
A description of early mining activity in Swaledale before the 16th Century

The Sixteenth and Seventeeth Century.pdf
Document detailing how the lead mining industry expanded throughout the 16th & 17th century in Swaledale.

18th Century.pdf
How the lead industry developed in Swaledale throughout the 18th century, including the bitter disputes between rival companies that resulted in the Beldi Hill trials.

The Beldi Hill Trial.pdf
An account of the famous Beldi Hill Trial between Lord Pomfret and Thomas Smith over mining and land ownership rights. The trials ran from 1769 - 1772

West Stonesdale Mine.pdf
Information regarding two small mining sites in Upper Swaledale

Beldi Hill and Swinnergill Mines 2.pdf
Historical information relating to the Beldi Hill & Swinnergill mining complex in Upper Swaledale.

Gunnerside Gill Mines.pdf
Historical information on the lead mines of Gunnerside Gill.

Old Gang and Surrender.pdf
Historical information on the Old Gang and Surrender mines in Swaledale

Spout Gill Mines.pdf
Historical information relating to the Spout Gill lead mines in Swaledale

Lane End and Keldside Mines.pdf
Historical information on the Lane End and Keldside mines in Upper Swaledale

Life of Miners.pdf
Information on what life was like for a lead miner including living conditions, religion and leisure pursuits.

Working Conditions & health.pdf
Information on the typical working conditions for lead miners and the subsequent impact on their health

Profile of mining families.pdf
Profiles of two Swaledale mining families

1 Methods of Mining.pdf
Information on the various methods used to extract led ore from the ground

2 -Dressing the Ore.pdf
The processes used to prepare the extracted ore ready for smelting. This process was called 'dressing' the ore.

3  Smelting the Ore.pdf
Information on the smelting techniques used by the mining companies to convert the mined galena ore into the final lead bars ready for sale

The Beldi Hill Trial Events from a Personal Perspective.pdf
Extracts from John Parke's journal from 1769 - 1772 describing the events in Swaledale during the disputes and trials between Lord Pomfret and Thomas Smith. John Parkes and Company had leased mining ground from Thomas Smith and this ground was the…

Memories of a Lead Miner.pdf
A personal account of what life was like as a lead miner by John Rutter, who was the last lead miner in Gunnerside

Newpaper coverage of Beldi Hill Trials.pdf
1771 national press coverage of the Beldi Hill dispute in Swaledale.
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