Kirby Bank

Playing with the panoramic function on my phone. This is looking back on the climb up Cringle Moor. A rather dull drizzly morning brightened by the fields of rape in the Vale of Cleveland.

The fence has a bit of history. It is on the line of the old boundary between two Lords. James Emerson, Esq., J.P., of Easby Hall, was Lord of the Manor of Kirby having purchased the title. Baron Feversham of Duncombe Hall, on the other hand, was very rich and influential and had a hereditary title. In 1850 John Vaughan and John Marley discovered ironstone in the Eston Hills. The race had begun with landowners keen to assess and exploit minerals under their land. In 1854, a dispute over the boundary on Kirby Bank developed between the two lords resulting in a protracted and expensive legal dispute. Surprisingly, the court found in favour of Emerson and decided on the boundary on the bank still marked by this fence. During the legal proceedings, it was said that “You will never get a juryman to mount the hill at the March Assizes. There might have been a chance this month, but it will be impossible next Assizes unless you engage a balloon”.
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