Historic Nidderdale


This website originated with the Iron-Age (Nidderdale) Community Archaeology Group to record unfunded exploratory projects.

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.