Other than the nice view, I’m not totally convinced the benefit of this bench by the old railway track a good distance away from any of the actual ironstone mining sites. Personally I think the money would have been better spent on consolidation work at any of the three sets of calcining kilns that are crumbling away.
Hopefully the poem and reliefs of miners popping out of the top of Rosedale Chimney are by school children too.
Scaling Dam is unmissable, it was built in 1958 and apparently decomission in 1995 (which was news to me)
A short distance away in Scaling is the Filter House, which still looked like it was maintained by Northumbria Water despite being a little tatty.An aerial view shows a number of overgrown settling ponds to the west.
My copy of “Industrial Archaeology of North East England” from 1974 reports Scaling Mill as being intact with much of the gear still in site, sadly this is no longer the case in 2011. A weir and mill race running towards the mill can still be easily identified. A photo can be found here Â
The actual location of mill is little more that a few foundations now, although a small outbuilding is still standing and in the stream there does appear to be a cutting next to wall which could have housed a waterwheel.
Some ruined farm buildings are nearby but away from the stream, they don’t look like they will last much longer either judging by the crack in the end wall.
A piece of long abandoned farm machinery is also hidden in the undergrowth.