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Alston is a small but attractive market town in Cumbria. The town has amazing buildings and survivals, it is situated in a remote area of the Northern Pennines at over 1000 feet above sea level. It is important in the story of John Smeaton the famous 18th century engineer who installed a waterwheel in th town and was associated with mining activity.

The area was also extensively mined probably from Roman times for lead and other minerals. (See also Metal and Mineral Mining, Nenthead mining area.)

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Keywords:alston, cumbria, engineers, garrigill, houses, inns, john smeaton, lake district, markets, mining, nenthead, public houses, pubs, shops, towns

HRS 6721 Alston, Market Square

HRS 6721 Alston, Market Square

HRS 6722 Alston, Market cross

HRS 6722 Alston, Market cross

HRS 6723 Alston, view down hill

HRS 6723 Alston,  view down hill

HRS 6724 Alston, buildings near Market Cross

HRS 6724 Alston, buildings near Market Cross

HRS 6725 Alston, St Augustine's church

HRS 6725 Alston, St Augustine's church

HRS 6726 Alston, Building near church gate

HRS 6726 Alston,  Building near church gate

HRS 6727 Alston, Angel Inn

HRS 6727 Alston,  Angel Inn

HRS 6728 Alston, town hall

HRS 6728 Alston, town hall

HRS 6729 Alston, Hardware shop

HRS 6729 Alston, Hardware shop

HRS 6730 Alston, village pump

HRS 6730 Alston,  village pump

HRS 6731 Alston, steps

HRS 6731 Alston, steps

HRS 6732 Alston, The Butts

HRS 6732 Alston, The Butts

HRS 6734 Alston, The Butts

HRS 6734 Alston, The Butts

HRS 6734 Alston, The Butts

HRS 6734 Alston, The Butts

HRS 6733 Alston, Chemist

HRS 6733 Alston,  Chemist

HRS 6736 Alston, The Butts, Factory buildings

HRS 6736 Alston, The Butts, Factory buildings

HRS 6737 Alston, The Butts, factory bridge

HRS 6737 Alston,  The Butts, factory bridge

HRS 6738 Alston, Footpath near old corn mill

HRS 6738 Alston, Footpath near old corn mill

HRS 6739 Alston, cornmill, South gable

HRS 6739 Alston, cornmill, South gable

HRS 6740 Alston, cornmill S gable - waterwheel

HRS 6740 Alston, cornmill S gable - waterwheel