Possible Site of Pond 800m SE of Bentley Common

Description of this historic site

A series of ponds and dam which survive as earthworks and date to the Post Medieval period. They are situated 800m south east of Bentley Common.

Notes about this historic site

1 Eastwood records iron smelting in this area.
2 The stream was followed through the woods but no signs of furnace remains were found. There were, however, a number of dams and ponds (see also PRN 5075 and 5076). Earthworks in the area around this grid reference, where two streams merge together, may indicate dams. A search of the area below this dam revealed no slag. Slag would be present in large quantities if the dam was connected with a water-powered blast furnace.

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