Finishing touches to the arches

The chaps from Heritage Consolidation Ltd and Kevin Doonan Architects have done us proud. As well as training people in the cutting edge of soft-capping, and the ancient alchemy of lime slaking, they’re finishing the consolidation of the arches ahead of schedule, and ahead of the frost too. Soon the scaffolding will come down and their green-topped glory will be on show for all to see. If you’re interested in what’s been going on, or fancy trying your hand at something more creative (cookery? print making? acting?), make sure you come along to Whitley Chapel Parish Hall, this Wednesday 16th at 7pm. Gary the stonemason and Richard from The Archaeology Practice will be on hand to illuminate their work. Alongside them will be the project team, and several local volunteers, all getting geared up to share their enthusiasm for the stories and skills that are being uncovered by the project.

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