Historic Nidderdale


This website is being developed by Iron-Age (Nidderdale) Community Archaeology Group to record the work of the group on legacy projects and short term activities that may lead to future developments in and around the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The first of these is Gate Bridge Watermill at Galphay which dates mainly from the 19th century but may have links with the medieval Fountains Abbey.

The tailrace passes through a dry-stone arched tunnel which is very similar to several arched structures at the abbey which held Galphay in the Middle Ages.

It is possible that the tunnel is a remnant of an earlier mill and some careful surveying at Gate Bridge and the abbey may resolve the matter.