Out & About …

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

Ayton Banks Ironstone Mine

Of the three ironstone mines in the Great Ayton area, Ayton Banks Mine had the most difficult access. An aerial cableway had to be constructed to carry the ore the 1½ miles down to the North Eastern Railway. The mine was in operation for only sixteen years, from 1910 to 1926. First by the Tees Furnace Company then Burton & Sons. Unusually, because of the restricted access, spoil from the mine had to be carried and dumped uphill from the drift entrance.

The mine’s drift entrance have long since been filled in. In the photo the snow accentuates the remaining structures.






2 responses to “Ayton Banks Ironstone Mine”

  1. […] two concrete bases that supported one of the steel towers for an aerial ropeway that ran from Ayton Bank Ironstone Mine to sidings at the west end of Cliff Ridge where the ore was loaded into railway trucks. There is […]

  2. […] Ironstone Mine before the summer vegetation growth takes hold, only to find when I got home that I have already posted a photo of the old drift entrance. But that was an eternity ago, in January […]

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