Out & About …

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

Tag: ironstone

  • The New Drift, Eston Ironstone Mine

    The New Drift, Eston Ironstone Mine

    Woke up to rain again and with more rain forecast, it was a hard choice where to go on my morning stroll. Then my notes reminded me that John Marley died this day in 1891. That settled it, I headed for the Eston Hills. John Marley was born at Middridge Grange near Shildon in 1823.…

  • Rosedale East

    Rosedale East

    The fledgling has returned. ‚ÄėReading week‚Äô he says. Half term by any other name. A suggestion: ‚Äúdo you fancy going to the Lion Inn tomorrow? I‚Äôll go on my bike and meet you there‚ÄĚ. So I find myself in Rosedale for the second time in four days. But a different Rosedale with the Inn in…

  • 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…

  • Kilton Ironstone Mine

    Kilton Ironstone Mine

    It’s been fifteen months since I was last visited the¬†Kilton Ironstone Mine¬†and the reinforced concrete winder house seems to have deteriorated noticeably. Large pieces of concrete have fallen off exposing the mesh reinforcement. The building was built in the late 1930s to house the 370 brake horse power electric winder¬†motor. At that time the mine…

  • An heffalump trap?

    An heffalump trap?

    I visited this brick lined shaft on Tuesday but I wasn’t happy with the photos so a return visit today. It was a ventilation shaft for the Coate Moor Ironstone Mine. A furnace would have been at the bottom and the air warmed would rise drawing in fresh air from the main drift entrance. Coate…

  • Spawood Mine Powder House

    Spawood Mine Powder House

    Even in¬†the¬†bright summer¬†sunshine it’s dark beneath the tree canopy of Spawood near Slapewath. The powder house stored black powder, the explosive used in the ironstone mines. To minimise potential damage in the advent of¬†an explosion,¬†the building was¬†substantially¬†made¬†with thick walls buried¬†within the hillside some distance from the mine buildings. Spawood Mine was leased by the¬†Weardale, Coal…

  • Calcining Kilns, Rosedale East Mines

    Calcining Kilns, Rosedale East Mines

    A bit of a dilemma. Parked at the Lion Inn and went for a circuit of Rosedale¬†with¬†visibility less than¬†the width of the road and the temperature below¬†10¬ļc. And so it remained until tea time when the mist finally cleared and the sun came out. But by that time I was comfortably back home. Rosedale was…

  • Belmont Ironstone Mine

    Belmont Ironstone Mine

    Why is it that runners always think of biking as an easy option?¬†An active rest day. My own bike ride today enabled me to get into Guisborough Woods which looked green and lush with vicious nettles on the floor and the sycamores not yet dense enough to keep out the light. I was surprised to…