Monument record MDR14919 - Lead-smelting boles (site of), Ashover Fabrick

Type and Period (1)

  • (Tudor to Post Medieval - 1500 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Primary function was to convert raw lead ore mined from nearby limestone into lead 'pigs'. Bolehills are usually found on hilltops as maximum wind was required to blast the wood-fired hearths. Three separate slag concentrations are found immediately adjacent to and around Ashover Fabrick. There are documentary references to a bole on top of Ashover Hill, probably operated by the Babington Family of Dethick, which could refer to these sites. (1)

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Article in serial: Henstock, A. 1996. 'Ashover Fabrick: a lost seventeenth century folly', Derbyshire Miscellany. Volume 14, pp 99-103.



Grid reference Centred SK 3584 6363 (30m by 29m)

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Record last edited

Jan 20 2015 12:59PM

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