Skinningrove Pillbox

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This Second World War Pillbox now rests on the beach, just to the north of Skinningrove
Skinningrove Pill Box
It was originally higher up the cliff, but has fallen here due to coastal erosion over the last 70 years.
Skinningrove Pill Box
It actually upside down as the doorway would have been at ground level.
Skinningrove Pill Box

The remains of the metal shutters to cover the firing position are still in place.
Skinningrove Pill Box

Skinningrove Mine Water Treatment

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A series of concrete tanks were installed around the year 2000 with high surface area plastic media filtering the mine water, and ochre sludge is collected in the two-metre deep tanks.

Skinningrove Mine Water Treatment

Some of the plastic filters can be seen discarded by the side.

Skinningrove Mine Water Treatment

But the maintenance problems associated with the tanks and media becoming clogged were not initially appreciated and it no longer operates, with the beck still being stained by mine water.

 

Skinningrove Mine Water Treatment

 

Current Mining Investigations in Skinningrove – Sunday 14th July 2013 14:00-16:00

Join Simon Chapman, amateur industrial archaeologist, for an exploration of the original mine buildings and structures at what is now the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and a tour of the nearby excavation of North Loftus Fan House. Simon, Secretary of the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society, is well known for his publications on the archaeology of the local area and accurate accounts detailing changes in the ironstone mining industry.

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/660

Fossils and Fortunes at Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

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Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in Skinningrove is holding a heritage day event ‘Fossils and Fortunes’ at the Museum on Saturday 6th July 2013. Talks will include Ages Past, Plant Fossils at Marske Quarry, Alum Folk, Ironstone, Maps and Museums- William Smith, the Rotunda Museum and the Geology of the Yorkshire Coast and Protecting your Earth Heritage. Speakers include locally based specialists including Denis Golding of TVRIGS, Mike Windle (NE Yorkshire Geology Trust), Will Watts (Scarborough Museums Trust), John Waring (TVRIGS), Peter Appleton (Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum) and Andy Cooper (TVRIGS). All welcome, but spaces limited booking required.
No formal charge, donations will be invited from the audience.
To book or for further information please contact Jean Banwell to book on 01287 642877 or by email jean@ironstonemuseum.co.uk . Sandwich lunches can be ordered in advance.

Save Skinningrove Jetty

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A group has been started to raise awareness and hopefully funding to safeguard the future of the Skinningrove Jetty

Skinningrove Jetty

Preserving the historical structure is certainly a cause I can fully get behind. Sadly despite the effort of one councillor for many years,  certain other members of the council appear to see it as little more than an inconvenience rather than an important piece of local history and an asset which people enjoy.

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, More Work

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Myself and other members of the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society also cleared the location of the early Cookes ventilator where we removed undergrowth from the masonery.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Work Day,
As a reward for helping out, we were allowed to look into the drift which is not open to the public.Inside is a hole in the wall which was opened when the museum was first developed, this leads over a flooded shaft. This would have been blocked then ventilation moved to other machinery.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Work Day,
A second short shaft also goes upwards, into the back of the mine recreation part of the museum.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Work Day,
There also a small bypass tunnel, to get you past the machinery when it was in use.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Work Day,

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Work Day

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Several difficult to access areas of museum have become overgrown, so myself and some friends volunteered to help. The main area looked at was the Waddle Fan pit which was full of moss and rubbish.
Waddle Fan, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove
Several members of our group descended into the pit to remove the debris
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Work Day,
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Work Day,
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Work Day,
By the end of the day the pit was scrubbed clean and good for another few years.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Work Day,