Memorial Stone near Water Ark, Goathland

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A short series of posts inspired by looking through my older printed photos, before going digital and before this website existed.

This spot is where Eller Beck flows through a ravine under a bridge on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The stone commemorates Sydney Porritt who drowned aged 16 in 1908, in the photo my friends are doing their best to re-create that moment.

Water Ark Memorial Water Ark

Corus Mill Demolition

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A short series of posts inspired by looking through my older printed photos, before going digital and before this website existed.

I’m afraid I don’t remember the date this happened, but I got informed about it due to my job. The general public however were unaware and it must have come as a big shock to the people driving down the Trunk Road that day.

I suspect it was this event recorded in a corporate report I found online.

The old Lackenby open hearth steelmaking building at Teesside, which was built in 1953, was demolished in 2004. The building contained over 20,000 tonnes of structural steel and cladding, which was then recycled at a rate of about 1,000 tonnes each week over a five-month period.

Corus Redcar Mill Demolition 1 Corus Redcar Mill Demolition 3 Corus Redcar Mill Demolition 2

A friend of mine has the whole thing on video, which i’ve now got on YouTube (no sound unfortunately)

Wheeldale Moor, Burnt out Fire Engine.

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A short series of posts inspired by looking through my older printed photos, before going digital and before this website existed.

The few remains of a burnt out fire engine are located just South East of the Blue Man-i’-th’-Moss standing stone.
Wheeldale Fire Engine Wheeldale Fire Engine

I believe it was caught trying to put out a moorland fire some time in the 1970s.

Robin Hood’s Close and Little John’s Close, Whitby

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A new year contribution from my Whitby correspondent Peter Craggs (mention my name and you may get an extra sausage if staying at his B&B)

Legend has it that an archery contest took place between Robin Hood and Little John. Arrows were shot from Whitby Abbey into the area known as Whitby Laithes (about 2km so believe that if you will)

Two stones mark the positions of the arrows, although they are 1903 replacements rather than the originals, the fields on either side are still named as Robin Hood’s and Little John’s.
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Much more detail on the story is given here, with some claiming links back to Robin Goodfellow and Bronze Age standing stones.