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    Now that the consolidation of the Arches is just about complete and the nights are drawing in, the opportunities are opening up for creative and artistic ways to… read more

Stone Surprise


A lovely surprise came from a neighbouring farmer yesterday. He arrived in his digger with two stones in the bucket which he’d had in safe keeping in his barn for… read more

Join our dig! 16-22 September


New and returning volunteers welcome on the third Dukesfield Smelting Mill Dig, this time on the flues, chimneys and leat of the smelt mill. This work will be to continue the excavation of… read more

Opportunity time!

The scaffolding around the Arches should be going up over the next few days, and then Gary and his lads from Heritage Consolidation Ltd will be repairing the Arches before… read more

On Show at Slaley

Over three hundred folk followed the pack horses into the Dukesfield project tent at Slaley Show. As well as inspecting the entries into the special show classes, many shared their… read more

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