48. Allenheads in the North Pennines
Scenes of Northumbria - Northumberland
Allenheads was once an important mining village, particularly in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In and around the village there are many remains of the once flourishing lead mining industry and there is a good three mile industrial archaeology walk from the village centre - look out for the leaflet.
Allenheads: The original mine offices near the centre of Allenheads
Allenheads: The Allenheads Heritage Centre has an interesting history from its early days as a 17th century Inn, before becoming a coach house for the New Allenheads Hotel across the square and then a bus garage!
Allenheads: The Heritage Centre contains a really interesting display about the lead mining in the area.
Allenheads: The car park - the area below was the yard washing floor where the lead ore was washed prior to it being transported to a lead smelting mill. between 1729 and 1896 250,000 tons of lead ore was produced.
Allenheads: The Allenheads Inn built in 1770
Allenheads: The old wagons of a narrow gauge mineral railway signify the presence of the Allenheads Inn built in 1770.
Allenheads: The Armstrong water driven engine.
Allenheads: The water powered Armstrong engine to power the machinery in the yard and workshops of the mine.
Allenheads: The Hemmel Coffee Shop and Cafe.
Allenheads: 'The Iron Well' shows the water has flowed through rock strata rich in iron minerals.
Allenheads: The Gin Hill Mine shaft was one of the entrances to the Allenheads Mine. 70m deep and you can see the light reflected from the water at the bottom of the shaft.
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