Snailbeach New Smeltmill, Worthen with Shelve - Shropshire (UA)

The monument comprises a smelt mill and slag mill built in 1862 for the Snailbeach Mining Company. The slag mill has been stabilised but standing remains of the smelt mill furnaces are in very poor condition due to invasive uncontrolled vegetation. An archaeological survey has been undertaken by Historic England in order to record the earthworks and ruined smelters at the site. Further vegetation clearance and emergency repairs are needed to secure this important lead smelting complex.

Snailbeach New Smeltmill, Worthen with Shelve - Shropshire (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Snailbeach new smeltmill, 350m north east of Green Acres
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1017764
  • Local Planning Authority: Shropshire (UA)
  • Site Type: Industrial > Metal industry site


  • Building Name: Snailbeach New Smeltmill
  • Unitary Authority: Shropshire (UA)
  • Parish: Worthen with Shelve
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Ludlow
  • Region: West Midlands

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: B
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument and Listed Buildings - 2 grade II
  • List Entry Number(s): 1017764 and 1307989; 1055031