Westworth Reservoir

Westworth Reservoir was built by the Guisborough Water Company around 1871, it has in recent years been abandoned.

Westworth Reservoir Westworth Reservoir   

I don’t know the exact date of closure and remodelling, but a 2002 report talks about the cross-section of the dam being left.

Westworth Reservoir Westworth Reservoir Westworth Reservoir

The overflow tower is the most striking reminder, along with a stone spillway which is gradually becoming overgrown.

Westworth Reservoir Westworth Reservoir

A small building and plinth remain for an “interpretation panel” that clearly never materialised.

Plan of Spa Wood workings under the reservoir (triggered by discussion in the comments)




Slapewath Ironstone Mine

The Slapewath mine was originally started by Thomas Charlton in 1864 via a drift near the village names after him. The shafts date from a later period of around 1880 when the mine was being operated by Samuelson & Co.

The downcast shaft now surrounded by a high wall is 286 feet deep

Slapewath Downcast Shaft 

The upcast / ventilation shaft is located a little to the NW and is of similar depth.

Slapewath Upcast Shaft 

A sizeable heap of spoil is still on the site, which has been cut by a farm track

Slapewath Spoil Heap Slapewath Spoil Heap


Belmont Ironstone Mine

The second phase of working at Belmont started in 1907-1908 after the original working there ceased around 1886.

Hunters Hill Farm consists of a large range of building which constituted the stables and workshops of the mine, close to the road is a huge concrete wall which one supported one end of the tipping gantry where railway wagons were loaded.

Belmont Ironstone Mine, Guisborough  Belmont Ironstone Mine Tipping Gantry, Guisborough

Belmont Ironstone Mine Tipping Gantry, Guisborough  Belmont Ironstone Mine Tipping Gantry, Guisborough

Continuing a short way up the path you first reach the collapsed drift entrance with an electrical sub-station next to it, the remains of ceramic insulators can be seen in its back wall.
Belmont Ironstone Mine Drift, Guisborough  Belmont Ironstone Mine Substation, Guisborough

Belmont Ironstone Mine Substation, Guisborough

A little further up the hill again stands a powder house now filled with earth.

Belmont Ironstone Mine Powder House, Guisborough  Belmont Ironstone Mine Powder House, Guisborough

Belmont Ironstone Mine Powder House, Guisborough

I also noticed that the nearby allotments have a vegetable bed constructed from Pease bricks, although as Pease never ran Belmont they could just be anomalous
Belmont Ironstone Mine, Pease Brick

Waterfall Ironstone Mine

Waterfall mine was worked between 1892 and 1901, the ironstone here is very close to the surface and under a layer of sand and clay, the dangerous working conditions gave this mine the nickname “Linger and Die”

Waterfall Ironstone Mine Waterfall Ironstone Mine

The whole site is now obscured by a plantation, although hints of a cutting/drift can be seen towards the east corner where the path of a railway can be seen heading across fields on the aerial photo.