Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Category: Lealholm

  • 27th April 1979 — A Tragic Day in Lealholm

    27th April 1979 — A Tragic Day in Lealholm

    A tear in the clouds allowed a ray of sun to grace Lealholm Side, a hamlet perched a few hundred metres above the main village of Lealholm in the Esk valley. Back on Friday 27th April 1979, the village was buzzing with activity. The school had full attendance, its corridors echoing with youthful enthusiasm. Around…

  • A 3 wheeled tractor … now I recognise that

    A 3 wheeled tractor … now I recognise that

    I used to have one as a Dinky Toy. The back lifted and it had cast alloy wheels. Had a clear out a few years ago and sold my old Dinky Toys on eBay. Someone, somewhere is lovingly caring for it. I bumped into this one, which does need a bit of T.L.C. above Lealholm.…

  • Lealholm Bridge

    Lealholm Bridge

    The 17th-century over the River Esk at Lealhoim, a village that developed around the first fordable crossing point downstream of the ravine Crunkley Ghyll. Lealholm’s most famous resident was John Castillo, the ‘Bard of the Dales‘, poet and stonemason. Born in Ireland in 1792 to Patrick Castlehowe, an itinerant Irish labourer, and Mary Bonas from…

  • End of Paddy Waddell’s Railway

    End of Paddy Waddell’s Railway

    I’ve written about Paddy Waddell’s Railway before, the railway that never was. A grand plan devised in the 1870s to link the ironstone mines at Glaisdale with the North East Railway at Skelton. Embankments were built and cuttings excavated and just one bridge was constructed here at Rake House near Lealholm just before the line…

  • Lealholm Bridge

    Lealholm Bridge

    Early 19th-century stone bridge spanning the River Esk at the picturesque village of Lealholm. Grade II listed, it must have replaced an earlier bridge for The Board Inn on the opposite is a former coaching inn dating from 1742 when the building was known as Lealholm Bridge House. Open Space Web-Map builder Code