A grant of £50,000 has been pledged to help safeguard one of the country’s most important lead mining ruins, English Heritage said today.
The move to protect the Grassington Moor lead working centre, which was operational in the 17th to 19th centuries and is now a scheduled ancient monument, was announced by English Heritage chair Baroness Kay Andrews.
The 2.5km2 site spans the development from small scale workings of individual mines to a major industrial landscape.
The Yorkshire Dales site has suffered from serious water erosion in recent years, exacerbated by heavy rainfall, with road maintenance and removal of mine waste adding to its problems.
Because of these concerns, English Heritage placed the monument on its Heritage at Risk Register.
Baroness Andrews said: “This grant will allow the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to draw up a management plan aimed at giving the site a more sustainable future, whilst also carrying out emergency repairs to the monument’s most vulnerable areas.
“Helping to safeguard the industrial archaeology of the Dales is one of our key priorities in the region and this grant will contribute to that goal.”