Thornaby Spitfire

Not technically a wartime relic as its a fibre glass replica,  but a great reminder of the fact the whole of Thornaby is built over Thornaby Aerodrome. The plane was erected in March 2007, one side depicts resident 608 squadron while the other the Canadian Air Force 401 squadron that flew Spitfires from Thornaby during WW2.
Thornaby Spitfire
Thornaby Spitfire

There are a number of plaques surrounding the roundabout giving more details on 608 Squadron

Thornaby Spitfire
Thornaby Spitfire


Roseberry Topping Shooting Box

The plaque states built by Commodore Wilson of Ayton Hall in the late 18th century as a shooting shelter in inclement weather. True to its word the weather was extremely inclement when these photos were taken.
Roseberry Topping Shooting Box Plaque
Roseberry Topping Shooting Box
Roseberry Topping Shooting Box
Although the recent book Roseberry Topping by the Great Ayton Community Archeology Group suggest none of  that may be true.

Roseberry Ironstone Mine Incline Top

In the woodland besides Cliff Rigg quarry runs an incline which once connected the Roseberry Ironstone mine to the mainline railway.

The path of the narrow gauge railway can still be seen in the field between the two sites (link)

Roseberry Ironstone Mine Incline Kip
Roseberry Ironstone Mine Incline Kip

The remains at the incline top are a brake drum housing and a “kep” which prevented wagons ascending the incline running back down after reaching the top. (Apologies for the dark photos but there was driving rain at the time)

Roseberry Ironstone Mine Incline Kip

Roseberry Ironstone Mine

Roseberry Ironstone mine operated under 6 different owners between 1871 and 1926

The earlier workings head north-west underneath the hill are believed to be responsible for the collapse of Roseberry Topping in 1912, giving it the current distinctive shape. The later drifts head north-east under Little Roseberry.

The foundations of numerous building can be identified in the fields

Roseberry Ironstone Mine Foundations
Roseberry Ironstone Mine Foundations
Roseberry Ironstone Mine Foundations
Roseberry Ironstone Mine Foundations
Roseberry Ironstone Mine Stable Floor