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This iron smelting site was discovered after a report of the removal of a slag heap from an improved pasture adjacent to the wood. Some pieces of slag had been retained confirming the report but then a complete slag heap, grass covered and surrounded by trees was discovered. There are ironstone nodules in the banks of a stream which could have been the source of the ore. The stream has the potential to power a forge and a farm track passes over a causeway that may have been a dam in earlier days.

The site's origin is probably Medieval.

Investigations continue.

Copy Wood, Gouthwaite

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Causeway

Slag Heap

RA-&-Copy-Wood

Carole and Rock Art at Gouthwaite

with Copy Wood in the Middle Distance

Photos on this page by Gillian Hovell