History of tin mill to be probed

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WORK is to start next week on a community archaeology project to investigate the site of what is believed to have been the most northerly tin mill in Great Britain.

The project involves the remains of Tin Mill at Wortley next to the River Don, which opened in 1744 and which became disused by 1870.

The site is close to Wortley Top and Low Forges, which are both scheduled ancient monuments.

The tin mill is believed to have worked in conjunction with the two forges.

It was operated by the ironmasters responsible for the forges.

The exploration project is being carried out by Hunshelf Parish Council, which has received a £5,000 grant from the East Peak Innovation Partnership for the work.

The first stage will be carried out by Wessex Archaeology of Sheffield.

Hunshelf parish councillor Barry Tylee said it was expected the first stage of the exploration project would be completed by next March.

He said it was believed that iron products from the Wortley forges were coated with tin at the Tin Mill.

The former mill buildings were demolished during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The site has never been redeveloped and a number of visible features remain including stub walls, water management and other structures.

Coun Tylee said: “We thought this would make an interesting parish archaeological project because it is believed this was the most northerly tin mill in Britain which makes it more significant.”