Out & About …

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

Category: Saltburn

  • An hour off high tide at Saltburn

    An hour off high tide at Saltburn

    An hour or so off high tide at Saltburn, mind you, I’m talking about ‘Old‘ Saltburn here, not the newer ‘by-the-Sea‘ town that sprouted up when the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company arrived, and Henry Pease put up his Zetland Hotel, along with rows of fancy houses, shops, and detached villas all with their distinctive…

  • Dipping Toes and Donning Macintoshes: A History of Sea-Side Bathing

    Dipping Toes and Donning Macintoshes: A History of Sea-Side Bathing

    Numerous folk were having a refreshing dip at Saltburn this morning, seizing the opportunity presented by the autumn sun’s warm rays and the surging waves. The surfers had donned their wet-suits, which bestowed upon them some protection against the chilly clutches of the North Sea. One fellow strolling back along the shore confessed that it…

  • The Hobman of Upleatham

    The Hobman of Upleatham

    Upleatham Old Church, once referred to as “the smallest church in England”, a superlative that is usually disputed — but which has, as far as I know, never been refuted. However it is not this quaint little church which concerns me in this post but a small hill just over mile to the north east,…

  • The colourful life of Lord Ernest Vane Tempest

    The colourful life of Lord Ernest Vane Tempest

    In spite of occupying the prime spot overlooking Saltburn Sands, Britannia Terrace is architectually dominated by Henry Pease’s Zetland Hotel, described in 1867 as “one of the most magnificent and commodious Marine Edifices in the Kingdom,” commanding “a splendid Prospect of the Sea and the finest Mountain Scenery in England“. I love it when I…

  • Cliff Ironstone Quarry

    Cliff Ironstone Quarry

    One of the lesser known ironstone mines in Cleveland. Well, actually it was a quarry for the first 8 years of its operation from 1857 to 1865. An account published in 1866 by ‘J.G.’ is interesting: Enchanting as everything appeared we had no time to linger, so we began our trip from the beach and…

  • An attempt at recreating a vintage postcard of Saltburn-by-the Sea

    An attempt at recreating a vintage postcard of Saltburn-by-the Sea

    This postcard is from the East Cleveland Image Archive website. The consensus is that it dates from the late 1960s. A miserable failure I think. I was working from memory and in hindsight believe I was too low down the bank. And not close enough to the edge but the nettles beat me. Some big…

  • The Hunter’s Blue Moon

    The Hunter’s Blue Moon

    Well, I just had to post this. I won’t get another chance for two decades. The second full moon of the month, so it’s a blue moon, it’s October so it’s a Hunter’s Moon and it’s Halloween. The last time these three lunar phenomena coincided was 1944. So a rare occurrence indeed. And it’s a…

  • Saltburn quiz question

    Saltburn quiz question

    What’s the connection in this photo between: the final resting place of a king of beasts World War 2 espionage the disgraced presenter of the TV show ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ the great-great-grandfather of the Duke of York Scroll down for the answer. The answer is Teddy’s Nook, the two-storey stone ‘cottage’ perched high on the…

  • Upleatham Park

    Upleatham Park

    In search of any remains of Upleatham Hall, that was situated about halfway between Guisborough and Saltburn. The hall was built originally by Sir Lawrence Dundas (1710-81) after acquiring the estate along with others in Aske, Richmond, Marske and Loftus. This must have been an intense spending spree, all estates seemingly being brought within the…

  • Summer Solstice Sunrise

    Summer Solstice Sunrise

    Up before the crack of dawn to catch the sunrise on the longest day of the year. Who needs to go to Stonehenge? In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced his new calendar, but, in what now could be seen as Euro-scepticism of yore, it wasn’t until 1752 that England finally adopted it, bringing us into…