Cracking progress and archaeological intrigue! – Repairing the Arches Week 2

Well, we’ve uncovered a hole, which leads down to a chute – we’re hoping to be able to leave it open so next time you visit you can have a peer yourself.

Unexplained brickwork and hot-mix lime harling have all come to light, and there’s theories evolving about the structure, the finish, the prestige, with everyone enjoying the conjecture.
Still room if you’d like to join in the digging, come along any time between 10 and 3, last day is Sunday 22nd September, wear old clothes, bring a packed lunch and ask for Pete Jackson when you get on site (you need to give us your name and address before you’re insured).

The lime pointing of the stonework is well ahead of schedule, and the arches themselves were great for sheltering from the rain. The project notice board is up, so have a squint if you’re passing. Coming up in the next few weeks are lots of talks and the chance to get involved in the transcription ¬†of real documents from the archives – there’s some brilliant handwritten letters and records to get a closer look at.

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