Spoil heaps mark the heritage of lead mining near Nenthead

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Hill farmers and moorland dwellers around Nenthead in north Cumbria mined lead ore from the Bronze Age until the mid-20th Century.

All that remains of this once great and vital part of the north Cumbrian economy, are the heaps of waste, known as spoil, surrounding numerous abandoned workings.

John Grundy travelled to the Pennines where mine and machinery have been restored as part of a lead mining heritage centre.

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