Archive for November, 2014

Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project

P1020146 (800x600)Dukesfield Smelt Mills just a mile down the road was a massive industrial complex between 1670 and 1835 where lead ore was being turned into bars of lead. The lead was then taken by ponies, up to 300 a day, to be sold from Blaydon on the banks of the River Tyne. These arches are all that is left and they would have carried the flues to the chimneys.

Today there is a lovely walk/cycle route past them and into Slaley Forest


Holly Berries

P1020139 (800x600)There are masses of berries on our holly trees at the moment but will there be any left for Christmas decorations, I expect the birds will be having a feast.