Cumbrian Copper Sites

(Page created 17/11/05)

In 1995, English Heritage – as part of their Monuments Protection Programme – published their Step Three assessment of the copper industry remains in England. Below is a list of the sites in Cumbria which they considered relevant, and a grading scale.

1 Hesk Fell mine SD 175942 *
2 Cockley Beck mine N   249013 *
3 Seathwaite Tarn mine SD 264993 *
4 Black Scar mine SD 273997 *
5A Bonsor dressing floors SD 289985 ***
5B Paddy End mine SD 285987 **
5C Red Dell mine and dressing floors SD 287990 **
5D Back Strings openworks SD 281990 ***
5E Brim Fell mine SD 278985 *
6 God’s Blessing mine N   285005 **
7A Tilberthwaite mine N   298009 **
7B Penny Rigg copper mill N   306007 **
7C Wetherlam mine N   296005 *
7D Hawk Rigg mine N   300015 **
8 Greenburn mine N   290021 **
9 Buttermere mine N   180157 *
10 Dale Head mine N   222157 **
11 Long Work openworks N   228162 **
12 St Thomas Work openworks N   230166 **
13A Goldscope mine N   226185 ***
13B Goldscope dressing mill N   226185 0
14 Little Mine Crag openworks N   223191 0
15A Stoneycroft smelter (upper) N   225213 0
15B Stoneycroft smelter (lower) N   228212 *
16A Copper Plate opencut (lower) N   247177 **
16B Copper Plate opencut (higher) N   242176 **
16C Salt Well mines N   255189 *
17 Brigham Forge N   281240 **
18 Silver Gill mine N   299341 **
19 Roughtengill (Lainton’s shaft) N   304344 *
20 Hay Gill mine N   308559 *
21 Haltcliffe smelter N   351350 **
22 Carrock End mine N   351352 **
23 Upper Brandy Gill mine N   322338 0
24 Haweswater mine N   494160 0

*** Major national or international important site. Priority for protection.

**   Nationally important site. Sites meriting statutory protection.

*     Lesser national important site. Sites whose loss would impoverish the archeological record, but statutory protection not justified.

0     Sites not of national importance. No case for statutory protection. May be of regional importance.