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Lottery cash for Yorkshire Dales village

[Wednesday 15 November 2006]

PLANS to preserve the industrial history of a beautiful village in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales have been given an £18,000 boost.

The cash has been given to the Trust Lords of Kettlewell - an historic local group that dates back hundreds of years - by the Heritage Lottery Fund to continue work in the village.

...a pioneering hydro electricity scheme in the village, dating from the 1920s, will also be researched

Robert White - YDNPA Conservation Archaeologist

The money will mean that Kettlewell's Historic Industries and the Trust Lords Project - which is supported by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and aims to raise awareness of the village's industrial history - will have enough to preserve the village's lead smelt mill.

The grant will pay for information panels at the building and enable it to be opened up to the local community and to visitors. The project also includes practical sessions on vegetation recording and historical research.

Robert White, YDNPA Conservation Archaeologist, said: "The area around the smelt mill is botanically rich and it is hoped that, by controlling grazing, the project will increase the biodiversity of the mill site.

"Additional work will take place on a large lime kiln at Knipe Scar while a pioneering hydro electricity scheme in the village, dating from the 1920s, will also be researched."

The Trust Lords themselves can trace their activities back to the purchase of the manor of Kettlewell in the sixteenth century. Successive lords have played a major role in the social and economic life of the community, particularly through controlling and managing common grazing rights and the mineral rights to the rich lead mines of the area.

Documents relating to their activities are currently being catalogued and copied by the North Yorkshire County Record Office so that they can be used to study the local history of Kettlewell.

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