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Latitude: 51.6809 / 51°40'51"N
Longitude: -3.0497 / 3°2'59"W
OS Eastings: 327519
OS Northings: 198531
OS Grid: ST275985
Mapcode National: GBR J3.59L6
Mapcode Global: VH79Z.302S
Entry Name: Iron Ore Scours at Upper Race, Pontypool
Scheduled Date: 6 December 2001
Source ID: 3487
Cadw Legacy ID: MM256
Schedule Class: Industrial
Category: Industrial monument
Period: Post Medieval/Modern
County: Torfaen (Tor-faen)
Community: Pontymoile (Llanfihangel Pont-y-moel)
Traditional County: Monmouthshire
The monument consists of extraction features, excavations made in the earth for the purpose of digging out metallic ores. The process of scouring used flowing water released from dammed water courses to expose ores. This area has been used for the extraction of iron ore since the 16th century, under the Hanbury family. The place name Upper Race derives from scouring activities on the site. The excavations form a deep scar down the hillside, supplied with water via extensive watercourses, holding ponds and hushing dams. The main scour contains smaller scours and dams, levels, small pits, and spoil heaps. The whole landscape has remained almost unaltered since at least the 1870s. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of mineral extraction practices. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.
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