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9 Ryecroft Mill

River Sheaf

Ryecroft Mill Map of Abbeydale

The River Sheaf in Abbeydale

This was the site of a lead smelting mill in 1671. By 1800 it was in use as a corn mill. The site had been abandoned by 1884.

Parts of the mill are still visible today if you look very carefully. The back of the wheel-pit and outlines of the buildings to the east of the stream can be seen. Bits of the weir and the goit earthworks on the Ryecoft are visible.

The bank of the dam contains lead slag, particularly on the eastern edge running towards Limb brook.

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