End of Paddy Waddells Railway – Glaisdale

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The scheme to build Paddy Waddells Railway (or Cleveland Extension Mineral Railway to give its full name) was started in 1872 and intended to connect Kilton Thorpe to the ironworks at Glaisdale. The scheme struggled financially from the outset as the Eskdale mines and furnaces in the South all struggled, whilst iron mining and production became concentrated to the North in Cleveland. After year of inactivity the scheme was finally scrapped in the 1889. Glaisdale Ironworks having already closed by this point anyway.
Many parts of the infrastructure of the line were constructed, even though no trains ever ran.
End of Paddy Waddells
This bridge was constructed at Rake House in Glaisdale to carry the road over the railway.
End of Paddy Waddells

Skinningrove Pillbox

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This Second World War Pillbox now rests on the beach, just to the north of Skinningrove
Skinningrove Pill Box
It was originally higher up the cliff, but has fallen here due to coastal erosion over the last 70 years.
Skinningrove Pill Box
It actually upside down as the doorway would have been at ground level.
Skinningrove Pill Box

The remains of the metal shutters to cover the firing position are still in place.
Skinningrove Pill Box

Stump Cross, Danby

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Stump Cross stands a few hundred meters to the east of Danby Beacon at the junction of two medieval trackways.
Stump Cross, Danby
Stonegate which runs from the village called Stonegate to Danby Beacon and Leavergate which runs from the Danby Beacon towards Easington.
Stump Cross, Danby
It is thought the original cross shaft was longer and only the broken ‘stump’ remains, although given its current name of ‘Stump Cross’ that break must have happened in the distant past.

Great Ayton Wicker Soldier

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The solider was first erected in 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.
Wicker Soldier, Great Ayton

Woollen medals knitted by the Great Ayton Knit and Knatter group are put on the soldier on the day each one was killed, also a minutes silence is held at the village war memorial on the exact centenary of their death.
War Memorial, Great Ayton

The project will continue into 2018 by which time all 50 who were killed will have been remembered.

Wicker Soldier, Great Ayton

 

Mount Snever Observatory

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I’m sure i’ll get told off for it not being in Teesside, but its a short drive and its interesting !

Mount Snever Observatory

Mount Snever Observatory was built for John Wormald of Oldstead Hall in 1837/38 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria.

Mount Snever Observatory

It stands around 40ft tall and is currently locked and inaccessible.

Mount Snever Observatory
One plaque features a modified version of lines from Windsor Forest by Alexander Pope.

‘Here hills and waving groves a scene display
And part admit and part exclude the day
See rich industry smiling on the plains
And peace and plenty tell VICTORIA reigns!
Happy the MAN who to these shades retires
Whom NATURE charms and whom the muse inspires
Who wandering thoughtful in this silent wood
Attends the duties of the wise and good
To observe a mean, be to himself a friend
To follow NATURE and regard his end.’

Mount Snever Observatory

‘John Wormald In the first year of the reign of Queen Victoria caused this observatory to be erected. J Dodds Builder’

Aysdalegate Junction

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The posting was originally one I made for my “Our Industrial Heartland” project

One of the critical factors in the success of the industry in our project area was the construction of the Cleveland Railway, this was opened in November 1861 between the Skelton Old Shaft mines and Normanby Jetty, extending toward Boosbeck in 1862.  Branches were also constructed to Slapewath, Stanghow and Aysdalegate mines.
With the construction of the railways came numerous interesting bridges, tunnels and culverts.

This culvert (in orange) carries a stream under the branch line which went to Slapewath Mine
Culvert under branch to Slapewath
This small tunnel (yellow) went under the same branch line, but was dry for livestock and people to cross under the railway.
Underpass on branch to Slapewath
This much more sizeable tunnel (red) passed under the main line.
Underpass below main line at Slapewath branch
Considering they date from the 1860’s, they are all in excellent condition.