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Grinton Smelting Mill and Watercourse, Grinton

Description: Grinton Smelting Mill and Watercourse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 13 February 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 321955

OS Grid Reference: SE0487796425
OS Grid Coordinates: 404877, 496425
Latitude/Longitude: 54.3633, -1.9264

Location: Grinton, North Yorkshire DL11 6HS

Locality: Grinton
Local Authority: Richmondshire District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: DL11 6HS

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There is also a scheduled monument, Grinton Ore Hearth Lead Smelt Mill, Flue, Fuel Store and Associated Earthworks, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

SE 09 NW
16/18 Grinton Smelting Mill
and Watercourse
Disused lead smelting mill. c1820. Rubble with crude quoins, stone
slate roof. Single storey, 2 parts forming a T-shape in plan, all under
1 roof. Wider end facing south upstream, has 3 ground floor openings
with segmental-arched heads, central doorway and flanking windows. Rear
elevation has central doorway with round-arched head. West side has a
door to each part, east side has a small opening at a high level for
pentrough to waterwheel, and a smaller opening, also the exit from the
hearths to the flue, and a doorway at the east end. Interior: in the
broader end, remains of 3 smelting hearths, with 2 large king-post roof
trusses. Behind, the bellows room and wheelchamber, containing an
inserted timber framework which supported a Vaughan's blowing engine,
powered by an overshot waterwheel of 6-7 metres diameter. Remains of
the pentrough survive. A watercourse, barrel-vaulted in rubble, runs
alongside the mill. The present mill is a rebuilding on a very old
site. It is the best preserved lead smelting mill in the area.
Scheduled as an Ancient Monument. Arthur Raistrick, The Lead Industry
of Wensleydale and Swaledale, 1975.

Listing NGR: SE0487796425

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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