End of Project Celebration

Sunday 7th June 2015 saw the end JB 7 June 8 resizedof project celebration. We invited Lord Allendale (the landowner) to come along and see all we have achieved.

His 4x great grandmother, Diana Beamont and mill agent Erasmus Blackett (characters from our comedy Carry on Mining…Ore) presented him with a copy of the archaeological reports for safekeeping in Allendale Estates library.






Lord Allendale unveiled the first of our three Lead Carrers routes milestones.

These depict a galloway pony with a load of ore, and will mark the carriers ways at Dukesfield, at Sinderhope and at Killhope mine. They’ve been beautifully carved by local stonemason David Edwick.







P1530210_resizeWe then all adjourned to Whitley Chapel Parish Hall for a party for all the volunteers and contractors who helped make this project so very enjoyable.






Minds Eye Productions filmed the event andJB 7 June 10 resized are making a short video as part of the evaluation of the project, with interviews from people who took part – watch it here!

The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467