Repairing the Arches – week one

The consolidation of the Arches is underway!


The scaffolding is going up and the chimneys are being made safe in time for the arrival of volunteer archaeologists next week – email if you’d like to have a go.


If you visit the site (NE46 1SG), please take care – this is a working building site and we take safety very seriously. We’re preparing a notice board to update visitors of what is going on, and if you have a few questions, the workers on site will be happy to explain what they’re doing.



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