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William Pit, St Bees
William Pit
civil parish:-   St Bees (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   iron mine
locality type:-   mine
coordinates:-   NY00351253 (about) 
1Km square:-   NY0012
10Km square:-   NY01

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 72 3) 
placename:-  William Pit
item:-  iron
source data:-   Maps, County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.
"William Pit (Iron)"

evidence:-   possibly old text:- Postlethwaite 1877 (3rd edn 1913) 
item:-  iron ore
source data:-   Book, Mines and Mining in the English Lake District, by John Postlethwaite, Keswick, published by W H Moss and Sons, Whitehaven, Cumberland now Cumbria, 1877; published 1877-1913.
image PST3p146, button  goto source
page 146:-  "In Robinson's Natural History of Cumberland and Westmorland, published in 1709, we are informed that, "In a place called Langhorn, within the manor of Egremont, is a belly, or pipe of iron ore, eight yards deep, in breadth eighty yards, and in length a hundred: out of which several thousand tons were yearly got for many years last past: the ore was very rich, consisting of button ore, and a penguid shining ore. It answered to his Grace the Duke of Somerset a yearly rent of several hundred pounds. The present lessees are the judicious Thomas Addison, Esquire, and Madam Ann Heber.""

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