Hudgill Lead Mine Bingsteads, 200m North East of Hudgill Farm
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Cumbria County Council
Eden District Council
Penrith and The Border
SJ752752 (375222, 546278)
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The standing structures of a set of lead ore storage bays built by the owners of the mineral rights to Alston Moor. The estates of the Earl of Derwentwater were forfeited to the Crown for his part in the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion. In 1735, these estates, which included the mineral rights around Alston, were assigned to the Greenwich Hospital. It is thought that the Hudgill bingsteads were built around 1817 by Greenwich Hospital, mainly to store duty ore being produced from Hudgill Mine. The monument includes a set of six storage bays built against and revetting the road embankment. Each one is 5 metres by 4.5 metres deep with a 1 metre wide chute, set centrally in the 4.5 metre high rear wall, which terminates about 2 metres above the floor level. The north western three bays are complete with a stone slab roof that extends from the rear wall down to about 2 metres at the open north east ends of the bays. Two further buildings within the complex are interpreted as a tool store and a count house. Scheduled.
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