Out & About …

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

Category: Guisborough

  • On this day in 1853, the Middlesbrough & Guisborough Railway was opened with great fanfare to transport ironstone from Joseph Pease’s mines at Codhill to the smelting furnances of the nascent Teesside

    On this day in 1853, the Middlesbrough & Guisborough Railway was opened with great fanfare to transport ironstone from Joseph Pease’s mines at Codhill to the smelting furnances of the nascent Teesside

    The York Herald reported the event. This line was opened for mineral traffic on Friday, the 11th inst. The day being highly propitious, several hundred people assembled to do honour to the occasion. Long before the hour specified, masses of human beings might be seen wending their way to the far-famed Codhill, where the ironstone…

  • Spawood Mine Switch House

    Spawood Mine Switch House

    I think this is an old switch house to the Spawood Ironstone Mine — I must admit I am relying on a map produced by the last operators of the mine, Dorman, Long & Co. Limited reprinted in Simon Chapman’s booklet “Guisborough District Mines”. The mine, the drift of which was off to the right,…

  • The Vale of Guisborough

    The Vale of Guisborough

    In the 2011 census, the population of Guisborough was 16,979; way back in 1851 it was 2,062. The decade that followed saw the arrival of the railway and the rapid development in the ironstone industry. Although the railway was built initially to serve the needs of the Peases’ ironstone mine at Codhill, it also would…

  • Phew, that was a hot one

    Phew, that was a hot one

    Didn’t venture too far today, just an early climb up Roseberry before it became too hot. This view is north-east from the summit looking down Bousdale to Guisborough.

  • Thing

    Thing

    Last week, I was fortunate enough to be shown around the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh, designed by Spanish architect Enric Miralles. It’s a Marmite type of building — you either love it or loathe it. It certainly has some idiosyncrasies, but, on the whole, I liked it. The central communual area has an outdoor…

  • Highcliff Nab

    Highcliff Nab

    Recent felling has opened up a new view of Highcliff Nab, a bluff overlooking Guisborough. One myth once told by Guisborough folk is that Oliver Cromwell had cannons planted on the Nab, from which he bombarded Guisborough Priory, causing its demolition. Three old cannon balls were apparently found embedded in the stone wall of the…

  • The House of Lords is “useless and dangerous to the people of England”

    The House of Lords is “useless and dangerous to the people of England”

    The House of Commons so declared on this day, 19th March, in 1649, when the House of Lords was abolished. In January of that year, Charles I had been executed and Oliver Cromwell, ‘Lord Protector‘ dominated the Government. The House of Lords was reduced to a largely redundant body having no powers and was abolished…

  • Gisborough Priory

    Gisborough Priory

    Called in at Gisborough Priory to look at the ruins that are dominated by the iconic east window. It took a while to frame this view, the grounds were swarming with students from the sixth-form college. It was good to see so many young people relaxing and enjoying their surroundings. But I wonder if those…

  • In search of an Iron Age “encampment” on Highcliffe Nab

    In search of an Iron Age “encampment” on Highcliffe Nab

    I was intrigued by this view of Highcliffe Nab that has been opened by the felling in Guisborough Wood and particularly with what appears to be a distinct earthwork descending diagonally from the nab to the col of Highcliffe Gate. First thing when I got in was to have a look at the Lidar mapping,…

  • Willow hedging

    Willow hedging

    I spotted this newly layered willow hedge this morning and was quite impressed. I thought willow hedging was mainly ornamental or perhaps useful in boggy ground so it’s surprising to see it used as a field boundary. I guess the hedge is only partially complete and the long ‘poles‘ will be laid sideways and interweaved.…