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Monument record MDR4836 - Possible early lead smelting site, Slag Hills, Ashover

Type and Period (1)

  • ? (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

'Slag-Hills, south of Butterly, near Doway-hole Lane, in Ashover' is included in a 'list of ancient boles or lead hearths'. (1) No evidence of early lead smelting was seen at Slag Hills on a field visit in 1966. (2) Although it seems that no physical evidence survives, the site is evidently to be identified with the 'Windmill Hill near Cold Harbour, Slag Hills' listed by Kirkham as one of the bole sites in Ashover known in 1722. Slag hills has been tentatively identified with Brown Edge, named as a lead-smelting site in a number of 16th century documents. (3, 4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Farey, J. 1811. A General View of the Agriculture and Minerals of Derbyshire, Vol. 1. p383.
  • <2> Personal Observation: F1 FRH 22-JUL-66.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Edwards, D. 2006. Notes on various SMR entries compiled during research for the new Victoria County History.
  • <4> Article in serial: Kirkham, N. 1970. 'Lead smelting boles in Derbyshire', Derbyshire Miscellany.



Grid reference Centred SK 346 594 (650m by 450m) (Approximate)

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Record last edited

May 27 2015 1:30PM

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