Site record MDR15174 - Charcoal Burning Platform or White Coal Kiln, Lea Wood, Dethick, Lea and Holloway

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Protected Status/Designation

  • World Heritage Site

Full Description

Charcoal burning platform or white coal kiln, Lea Wood, Dethick, Lea and Holloway. Evidence for a post medieval pit or hollow in Lea Wood has been identified from high-resolution LiDAR imagery dating to 2015-2016 by Bluesky. The survey was commissioned by Trent and Peak Archaeology on behalf of DerwentWISE Project. (1) The area was excavated in 2013 and shown to be either a charcoal burning platform or a q-pit. Believed more likely to have been a q-pit, a clamp in which the wood was dried for use as a fuel in lead smelting rather than burned in a low oxygen fire as is the case in charcoal burning. 'Cut [0107] was dug in order to create a pit, and stones were laid possibly to house fuel for burning directly on the subsoil, or to provide a structure for the pit. The residue of a burning event was present. There only appeared evidence for a limited number or a single burning event, this indicates that residue and build up of materials may have been cleaned out before the next burn was carried out.' (3)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Digital data: Malone, S (TPA). 2016. GIS data from the DerwentWISE Project High Resolution Lidar Analysis.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Walker R, J Tong, K Mapplethorpe, V Park and L Strafford (ARS Ltd). 2013. Lea Wood, Derbyshire Heritage Community Project: Archaeological Excavation Report. 14.



Grid reference SK 3171 5567 (point)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

Related Events/Activities (2)

  • EDR4717
  • EDR4444

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Record last edited

Mar 2 2020 5:01PM

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