Where ever possible, a mine would make use of every source of water.

Lades or leates would be constructed to channel the water from miles around and if the supply was inconsistent or low, a small dam would be built as a reservoir.

At Beckwiths mine, several water wheels were in use and the tail off from one was fed onto the next wheel. A larger wheel below the washing floors was used for winding and so the water would be released from the dam on demand to give the required power when a kibble was to be raised in the shaft to surface.


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