Out & About …

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

Category: Guisborough

  • Patches of blue, reflections and a spanking new gate—Highcliff Gate this morning

    Patches of blue, reflections and a spanking new gate—Highcliff Gate this morning

    In her dotage, my dog exhibits a distinct lack of enthusiasm for upland walks. This now renders the crudely painted “DOGS ON LEADS” sign on the wooden rail of no matter to me. A threat for sure, yet not a command. A “PLEASE”, though, would have aided in conveying the message in a less intimidating…

  • Gazing over Guisborough: A historical view from a new bench

    Gazing over Guisborough: A historical view from a new bench

    Walking home from Guisborough, I came upon this spanking new bench at the top of Belmangate, the ‘road‘ meandering southward from the town up the ‘beautiful mountain.‘ The bench is actually in the field, but is accessed from the forestry track. I imagine the original line of the fence followed the boundary, so I am…

  • The Green Bag Rebellion: Guisborough’s 1820 Guy Fawkes Night

    The Green Bag Rebellion: Guisborough’s 1820 Guy Fawkes Night

    This morning’s images of politicians’ effigies being paraded and set ablaze in Lewes reminded me of a tale from 1820 in Guisborough. After Guy Fawkes’s infamous plot in 1605, the King and his government had started a public day of thanks by an Act of Parliament (which wasn’t repealed until 1859) and was taken up…

  • Cutting the First Sod on the Codhill Branch on the Gisbro’ and Middlesbro’ Railway

    Cutting the First Sod on the Codhill Branch on the Gisbro’ and Middlesbro’ Railway

    Cutting the First Sod on the Codhill Branch on the Gisbro’ and Middlesbro’ Railway. — It having been generally circulated throughout the town of Gisbro’ and neighbourhood that the first sod on the Codhill branch of the Middlesbro’ and Gisbro’ railway for the working of ironstone would be removed on Monday last, a large company…

  • Guisborough Priory — Something about its construction

    Guisborough Priory — Something about its construction

    On another dreich morning, I avoided the hills. Guisborough Priory, founded in 1119, predates Rievaulx (1132). As someone with a background in construction, I often ponder the time and resources invested in such historical structures. What stands before us today are the remains of the third stone church. The initial stone church commenced around 1140,…

  • The Weird Mystery of the Moor — A Guisborough Legend

    The Weird Mystery of the Moor — A Guisborough Legend

    Here’s another story by Richard Blakeborough, published in the Whitby Gazette on May 5th, 1905. I’m not sure if they’re too long to share on this blog, but I’m really interested in them, especially the ones about places I know such as this one about Guisborough Moor where I can picture the landscapes. Some of…

  • Foxdale, Hedgerows, and Gisborough Hall

    Foxdale, Hedgerows, and Gisborough Hall

    A view of the east of Guisborough! Taking centre stage is Foxdale, a farmhouse of the 19th century, built from finely dressed sandstone and roofed with charming Welsh slates. Both the house and the outbuildings are listed as Grade II by Historic England. But beyond the farm itself, are remnants of a medieval landscape. Under…

  • Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease’s Thoroughbred Hunters and Bousdale Farm

    Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease’s Thoroughbred Hunters and Bousdale Farm

    Bousdale Farm, perched on the plateau of Bousdale Hill, provides a splendid panoramic view of Guisborough and, in the distance, the North Sea. Although the farm was likely constructed in the early 1880s, it does not appear on the 1881 census. Apparently, the buildings were initially erected to accommodate Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease’s prized thoroughbred…

  • Highcliffe Nab — observer of history

    Highcliffe Nab — observer of history

    Guisborough is an ancient place, with a long and varied history. It was important enough during the time of the Conquest to be listed in the Domesday Book, a detailed record of The Conqueror’s ill-gotten gains, although it was of relatively low value, contributing just a few shillings per year to the royal coffers. Over…

  • Butts and bullets: A bimble up Butt Lane

    Butts and bullets: A bimble up Butt Lane

    Walking up Butt Lane (right of centre in the photo), I couldn’t help but notice the “tree-mendous” (sorry) amount of felling that’s taken place in Guisborough Woods in recent years. And, lo and behold, I saw an obvious path leading upwards. I had never seen it before, which turned out to be the work of…