Post Medieval Pond 600m SW of Merevale Lake

Description of this historic site

The site of ponds and a dam dating to the Post Medieval period. The features survive as earthworks and lie 600m south west of Outwoods Farm.

Notes about this historic site

1 Eastwood records iron smelting in this area.
2 The stream was followed through the woods but no slag or furnace remains were found. There were, however, a number of dams and ponds (see also PRN 5075 and 5077). At this grid reference 2 parallel dams are separated by about 80m. The SW dam retains a partly drained pond with an enigmatic earthwork at the far end. A search of the stream below the dam revealed no slag. Slag should be present in large quantities if the dams were connected with a water-powered blast furnace. In addition the area below these dams is too small to have accommodated blast furnaces.

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