At SK 35455541 the OS map marks ' Leaden Ball found A.D. 1855' (1)
The O.N.B. gives Dr. Parry Jones of Alfreton as the authority for this find but no other information. (2)
There is no direct evidence as to the nature of the find but it may probably be associable with early lead smelting. An early medieval perambulation of the bounds of monastic property in this area is recorded in the cartulary of Darley Abbey and on Edge Moor a 'hot furnace' is mentioned. The lead 'ball' may have been a mass of lead from this furnace. (3)
No further information was gained - the present owner of the farm knew nothing of it. The find spot falls in the remains of a stone farm building and presumably the 'ball' was found in digging its foundations. No evidence of a lead-smelting bole was seen. The site is at the head of a slight valley. (4)
Personal Observation: F1 WCW 27-JUL-59.
Personal Observation: F2 WCW 28-JUL-59.
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SK 3545 5541 (point) (Centre)
CRICH, AMBER VALLEY, DERBYSHIRE
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