What did we do?

Prosperous smelt mill wall with shored arch and scaffolding in April 2015

Smelt mill wall with shored arch and scaffolding in April 2015 (Louise Brown)

Works at the Prosperous Lead Mines scheduled monument initially focused on the smelt mill. In November 2014, the archway was shored to help secure it over winter, before the main consolidation work could take place in the following spring.

A photogrammetric survey of the upstanding remains was then carried out, providing a detailed record of the walling and also a 3D model. An ecological assessment and a bat survey was also undertaken to ensure consolidation works would not affect any protected species.

A man in a hi-vis vest stood under some scaffolding clearing the mine shaft with a trowel

Clearing the top of Prosperous mine shaft ahead of installing the grille (Louise Brown)

In Spring 2015 the arch was stabilised, and the wall repointed. The exposed wall head were consolidated with hard and soft (turf) capping.

During the summer of 2015, the small sculptural fragment of the engine house was also stabilised.

In July 2016 work was carried out to stabilise the top of the Prosperous mine shaft and to secure it with a metal grille.


The Landscape Partnership is grateful for additional support from Harrogate Borough Council, the local gamekeeper and landowner.