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place:- bloomery, Borrowdale
site name:- Smithymire Island
parish Borrowdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
coordinates:- NY273130
10Km square:- NY21

1Km square NY2713

descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821) -- perhaps relevant

Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
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Page 103:-
Just where the road begins to ascend the Stake [from the Borrowdale side], are said to be the remains of a bloomery, close by the water-fall on the left; but no tradition relates at what time it was last worked. This I could never verify from any visible remains. The mineral was found in the mountain, and the wood used in smelting had covered their steep sides. The masses of iron found on Castle-crag were probably smelted here. ...
date:- 1778
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

hearsay Used by the monks of Furness Abbey; iron ore from their mine at Ure Gap, Bowfell was brought down Langstrath to the island where wood fuel was available.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2008

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