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Hebden Trial Level - The Story of a Yorkshire Dales Lead Mine

The Water Wheel with the Overshot Flume

Photograph of the water wheel with the overhead flume

This picture shows how the water wheel was powered by water tapped from the mine and carried across an imposing raised wooden flume supported by structs. The age of the photograph is unknown, but it is certainly the oldest exisiting of the level, and judging from the condition of the flume, and the rawness of the spoil it may well have taken when the mine was still active - say in the mid 1880s. A wooden hut may be seen behind the wheel on the left, which may have housed the air compressors, and William Bell's smithy can be seen on the hill in the background. The spoil making up the slope under the flume has still to be vegetated.