Permission to start!


Friends of the North Pennines have just been given permission to start their  Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers project. Between now and April 2015 volunteers and a small team of professionals will collaborate to:

  • reveal, consolidate and conserve the remains of the 18th century lead smelting mill on the banks of the Devil’s Water river in Hexhamshire, Northumberland;
  • tap into voluntary enthusiasm to participate in a range of conservation and heritage activities centred on the site remains, and to research the lives of those who worked there and along the lead corridor between the North Pennines and Blaydon;
  • stimulate the exploration and understanding of the area, its past and the routes linking it to the North Pennines Lead Ore Field and the industrial areas on Tyneside, through innovative interpretation and educational resources and events, and by increasing awareness of a free public amenity accessible to all.

To get involved and find out more – please email us via our contact form

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