The 8 arch Waterfall viaduct carried the Cleveland Railway which served many of the ironstone mines in this area, it is very close to the main road, but becoming harder to see over the years as trees grow around it.
Just to the west, on the approach to the Spa Wood ironstone mine is another interesting bridge with offset stonework.
Ironstone was extracted from Spa Wood mine between March 1853 and December 1928.
Approaching from the east through large mine spoil heaps currently used by bikers, you first encounter a powder magazine
Close by are the bricked up travelling and main drifts.
In the next area to the west of the drifts are the offices and workshops which are still largely intact, having been part of a scrapyard until recent years. A chimney also stood here which was only recently demolished.
Further west stand the remains of two fan houses for ventilating the mine workings. Finally to the extreme west of the site stands an electrical sub-station from the later years of electrication
UPDATE : This location has since been purchased as a private residence and should no longer be visited.
This Type 23 pillbox is visible in a field beside the Trunk Road between Redcar and Middlesbrough.
The pillbox is under threat of destruction due to the re-development of the area.
The council development plan says :- “The World War II Pill box should be retained on the site, if possible, or buried in situ, otherwise it should be recorded prior to demolition.” As that particular area is pencilled in for shops/pubs/takeaways, I strongly suspect the latter will be the outcome. The land itself that the farm stood on was owned by the Lady Hewley Trust, giving it a link back to the Eston ironstone mines.
As that particular area is pencilled in for shops/pubs/takeaways, I strongly suspect the latter will be the outcome. The land itself that the farm stood on was owned by the , giving it a link back to the Eston ironstone mines.
UPDATE 10/08/2011 : Drove past this morning and sadly it looks like the pillbox has recently been removed as I strongly suspected it might.