The remains of the arches are now fully repaired, following good conservation techniques, ensuring that this structure and site is safeguarded with a brighter future.
The archaeological excavations have revealed the bases of the chimneys, their link into the flues on top of the arches, the configuration of the flues over the arches, the location of the wheel pit (that provided power to the bellows at the smelting hearths), how the water was directed from the leat to the wheel, the outline of the ore hearths, and the location of the river wall and bingsteads. Prior to the project all of these elements were buried, and their relationship to the visible arches and the surrounding site was unknown. Whilst a number of elements have been re-covered, the consolidated chimneys, leat, and wheel pit have remained open.
Trees have been cleared from the top of the arches and the surrounding site, enabling clear vistas to illustrate the relationship between individual elements, significantly enhancing the site for visitors. Pedestrian access has been made to the leat and chimneys enabling these elements to be fully explored. Interpretation boards are also planned to be installed.
Archaeological investigations, research reports and site management plans provide a valuable resource for further future investigations are available here.