Out & About …

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

Category: Skelton

  • Guibal fan-house, Skelton Shaft ironstone mine

    Guibal fan-house, Skelton Shaft ironstone mine

    A great visit around the surface remains of the Skelton Park and Skelton Shaft Ironstone Mines, guided by the knowledgeable Simon and Steve from the Cleveland Mining History Society (CMHS). Along with the¬†powder magazine, the fan-house at Skelton Shaft are the only buildings remaining. The rest of the site was demolished as a condition of…

  • Joseph Toyn 1838-1924, president of the Cleveland Miners’ Association

    Joseph Toyn 1838-1924, president of the Cleveland Miners’ Association

    Out on my bike today, so I thought I would pop in to Skelton Park Pit to see how the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society are getting on with preserving the surface remains of the old ironstone mine. I thought Tuesdays were their days. But alas, no one around, and as it’s all on private land,…

  • Spawood and Spa Ironstone Mines

    Spawood and Spa Ironstone Mines

    At Slapewath near Guisborough, there were two ironstone mines operating in the late 19th-century within one hundred metres of each other. To the south of Alumwork Beck (the Guisborough side) was Spawood, and to north (the Skelton side) the Spa mine. They were operated by different companies and worked different royalties, but apart from their…

  • South Skelton Ironstone Mine

    South Skelton Ironstone Mine

    Most buildings associated with the ironstone mines of East Cleveland have either long since been demolished or converted for industrial use. South Skelton Mine is the one exception because I suppose it went into agricultural use. The farm has now been abandoned and I understand the site is now earmarked for residential development. Operations began…

  • Skelton Pond

    Skelton Pond

    Not such an ugly duckling. A brood of eight cygnets with a pair of adults. And very tame, no doubt expecting stale bread. Could Skelton Pond be the fish pond mentioned in a 13th-century document? Or where a witch drowned herself after being chased following a murder? I have my doubts. Witches are so 17th…

  • Skelton Park Pit

    Skelton Park Pit

    Very little remains of Cleveland ironstone mines. It was second only to coal as the UK’s biggest extractive industry. Ironstone had been mined in the Cleveland Hills since the 12th Century when primitive furnaces called bloomeries were used to melt the iron out of stone gained from rock outcrops along the dale sides. But it…

  • Skelton Beck

    Skelton Beck

    Skelton Beck flows¬†down¬†a gorge through Crow Wood and Valley Gardens before joining Saltburn Gill Beck and entering the North Sea. Below the Riftswood viaduct carrying the mineral railway to the potash mine at Boulby the beck flow over the remains of a weir¬†used to provide a head¬†of water to drive the Marske corn¬†mill. Marske Mill…