Old Providence Lead Mine

Records show that lead has been mined in Dowber Gill in Wharfedale since 1663. There could well have been earlier activity. The village of Kettlewell at the foot of the gill was built around the fortunes of the mine. Productivity was highest in the 19th century with 192 tons of galena mined in 1838. In 1851 a large block of the ore was exhibited at the Crystal Palace Exhibition. Closure came two decades later in 1874


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