Gold Hill

A wander around Whorlton and Carlton Moors on a lovely morning. The first blooms of the ling are out and looking good. Down below in the vale of Cleveland pastures are dry and crops are ready for harvesting, giving the feel of an African savannah.

A small excursion across the heather to the site of the summerhouse on Gold Hill. I’ve been here many times before and hadn’t expected any change but hoped for some inspiration as to its history.

It’s recorded on the first edition of the Ordnance Survey Six-Inch map1‘View Map: Yorkshire 42 (Includes: Bilsdale Midcable; Carlton; Faceby; Little Busby; Whorlt… – Ordnance Survey Six-Inch England and Wales, 1842-1952’. 2022. Maps.nls.uk <https://maps.nls.uk/view/102344290#zoom=8&lat=3301&lon=8419&layers=BT> [accessed 23 July 2022].; and on the North York Moors HER Map as a “demolished building” dated to the 19th-century2‘HER Map: North York Moors National Park’. HER No: 7001. North York Moors National Park <https://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/discover/archaeology/her-map> [accessed 23 July 2022]..

But frustratingly, that’s all the information I can find. A distinct depression with a single dressed stone marks the spot, not very obvious on the above photo.

Corner of the ruined enclosure. Whorl Hill in the distance.

More obvious is the ruined enclosure, clearly associated with the summerhouse, which begs the question if the building has been demolished and the stones removed, which was the walled enclosure left?

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    ‘View Map: Yorkshire 42 (Includes: Bilsdale Midcable; Carlton; Faceby; Little Busby; Whorlt… – Ordnance Survey Six-Inch England and Wales, 1842-1952’. 2022. Maps.nls.uk <https://maps.nls.uk/view/102344290#zoom=8&lat=3301&lon=8419&layers=BT> [accessed 23 July 2022].
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    ‘HER Map: North York Moors National Park’. HER No: 7001. North York Moors National Park <https://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/discover/archaeology/her-map> [accessed 23 July 2022].

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