Kettleness Mysteries (one solved)

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I really have no idea what this short tunnel/shelter just below the cliff top is for, it seems too neat and too short to be mine related. To me it gives the impression of being a shelter from where the view can be admired. It looks to have been cut by hand.

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Does anyone have any idea of its age and purpose ?

Just a short distance away to the north, this unusual item is visible by the side of the Cleveland Way, the metal part still freely rotates and there appear to be the remain of powerful springs attached.

Kettleness Mystery Item

It is some distance away from both the Sandsend and Kettleness tunnels.

UPDATE : Dave Richardson has kindly come up with an answer for the second one, its a Motley Mount for Twin Vickers “K” Machine Guns for light anti aircraft defense, there were originally four as the Goldsborough Cliff Radar Station was here from 1940 to 1945.

12 thoughts on “Kettleness Mysteries (one solved)

  1. Have slept in the shelter a few times and have played with the pit thing many a time while trying to think what its use was but i cant find anything on them.

  2. If there’s any WWII defences in the area, then the first one could be an old ammo store or something. Don’t have a clue about the second one.

  3. There is no mention on the Defence of Britain site of there being anything defensive in that immediate area. Certainly not of that vintage.

  4. I think the nearest WWII defenses are the Bunker on Runswick Sands and the one at the bottom of Sandsend Beach under the former Railway Station.

  5. Okay, then I suppose I don’t have a clue as to what the first one is either. Oh well, a bit of mystery keeps life interesting.

  6. There are however plenty of rumours of ghosts in that area particularly over the edge onto Seaveybog Hill.

  7. Rumours of Ghosts, please tell.

    The next time i see a farmer near the area ill ask a bout the pit.

  8. On a more whimsical note there is a local legend about the Kettleness bogles, a community of hobs or goblins who lived in caves thereabouts. The locals would cower in fear at the ominous sound as the bogles would beat their washing with thick wooden batons called battledores.

    I Wonder how the legend came about.

  9. I believe it could be a hand windlass. If used in conjuction with an elaborate but sturdy pulley system then livestock or smaller catagories of children could be both lowered and raised from the foreshore.

  10. It might have been nothing more than a protected look out connected with the AA site above, but this seems a bit too mundane.

  11. this was known locally as the “old hermits cave” I seem to remember that years ago it had two notches at the top either side of the entrance. I allways believed that a wooden beam of sorts was here that held a cover over the entrance.. I thought it was some sort of religious cell were “monks” were sent to contemplate. I havent been for about twenty years or so, but it seemed hand hewn to me not modern at all.

  12. With regards to the red brick lined mystery hole. I was in that field some time back when looking for the remains of the railway. This I am quite certain would be one if the air shafts for the Kettleness Tunnel which has been capped. I seem to recall less of the brickwork being visible on my visit and would suggest that the metal bar would at one time have served as some kind of marker. Several more of these shafts are shown on the map although on that visit I didn`t find any.

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