New Bank Incline, Eston Ironstone Mines

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These two concrete foundations once held the winding drums at the top of the New Bank Incline.
New Bank Eston
New Bank Eston
The drums would have looked very similar to these.

This cutting which is current clear of undergrowth would have contained tracks for the empty wagons coming up the incline.
New Bank Eston
The full tubs would have descended the incline, hauling up the empties with their extra weight before arriving at the Low Drum in California.

There were two other inclines, Old Bank and Trustee in the system, the remains of all three are still visible but cut by the A174 Parkway.

Hauler Bases, Eston Ironstone Mine

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A local group have spent a lot of time this year clearing the undergrowth and rubbish from the hauler bases at New Bank, so you can now get a good view of them for the first time in years.
New Bank Eston
This base of a brick building is from the later electric hauler which pulled wagons to and from Wilton Lane to the east, parts of it were still standing in the 1970s but it was demolished rather than conserved.
Bolckow Vaughan Brick, New Bank Eston
Many Bolckow & Vaughan bricks can be seen in its foundations.
New Bank Eston
Immediately adjacent are the more substantial sandstone remains of the older steam hauler where the various bolts and pits that held the engine and winding drums can be identified.

New Bank Eston
New Bank Eston
New Bank Eston

Minature Railway, Eston Recreation Ground

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This curious metal frame was actually part of a miniature railway that ran in the park.
Minature Railway, Eston
The track was raised up on concrete blocks, to allow your legs to dangle over the side, many of these are still in place.
Minature Railway, EstonMinature Railway, Eston
I don’t know the closure date of this, but I’ve only been able to find a single photo of it in action in the 60s on the Communigate website, but there must be other family snaps out there somewhere.

This photo clearly shows the remaining frame which must have served to winch the train off the tracks and into the storage hut, its a real shame interesting things like this have been lost.
Minature Railway, Eston

Eston Mines Walk Saturday July 9th

The will soon be an opportunity to pick the brains of local author and mining expert Simon Chapman.
A Guided Walk to look at the Ironstone Mining Remains at Eston on Saturday 9th July 2011.

Meet in the public car park behind Eston Institute at 10 a.m
We shall look at the Site of Trustee Drift, Old Bank, then across to New Bank before taking the route of the former railway to the S.S. Castle and Wilton Lane
The route is not too steep to the level railway track, but likely to be muddy
Return to the start point possibly around 4 p.m., perhaps
Don’t forget to bring lunch
Simon Chapman

St Helens Church and East Lodge, Eston

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St Helens Church in Eston was a Grade II listed building, it originated in the 12th Century and was in use until 1962, before becoming a cemetary chapel until 1985. The church was heavily vandalised and by 1987 was ‘in a critical state of disrepair’. A fire followed in December 1992 and during this time the church was being illegally demolished and stonework stolen. Thankfully in 1998 the remains of the church were removed to Beamish who have an excellent set of photos

The church is currently being rebuilt at Beamish as of May 2011.

Nothing remains on the site except a plaque and outline of the church

St Helens Church, Eston St Helens Church, Eston St Helens Church, Eston

The East Lodge of cemetary seems to have suffered a similar fate and it currently completely burned out.

East Lodge, Eston East Lodge, Eston East Lodge, Eston

It is however the subject of a relatively recent planning application, so it may be on the verge of being restored.

Ironstone Reminders – Mansfield Road, Eston

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The two small parks at the end of Mansfield Road have had their fences decorated with reminders of the areas mining past by the Eston Residents Association

Eston Ironstone Fences Eston Ironstone Fences Eston Ironstone Fences

Eston Ironstone Fences Eston Ironstone Fences Eston Ironstone Fences
The panels depict miners tools, tubs, a midge lamp and a horse drawn tub.

Inside the parks are a couple of much older plaques from March 1951. One from Councillor J.T. Cook and the other J. Finegan (who the town hall is named after)

Eston Oak Tree Plaques Eston Oak Tree Plaques

Only one of the two oak trees remains today.

Ironstone Reminders – Eston Square

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The Eston Residents Association have put in a lot of effort to make sure the towns mining past isn’t forgotten.

A ‘book’ in the middle of the square gives a history of the town.

Eston History Eston History Eston History

A number of plaques adorn the railings and seats around the square.

IMG_1068 Eston Ironstone Fences Eston Ironstone Fences

Eston Ironstone Plaques Eston Ironstone Plaques

A replica ironstone tub stands in a nearby flower garden

Eston Ironstone Memorial Tubs

A plaque on the Eston Institute shows miners laying the foundations of the buildings some time around the turn of the century

Eston Institute

Eston Miners Hospital Sculpture

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This sculpture of the hospital with a nurse and miner was unveiled in June 2010

Eston Hospital Sculpture Eston Hospital Sculpture

It was made by blacksmiths James Godbold of Egton for the Eston Residents Association, it is located on the site of hospital which closed in 1980 and has since been demolished.

Eston Hospital Sculpture Eston Hospital Sculpture


Update 17/8/2010 – Hardly two months gone and the sculpture has been already been vandalised