Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, More Work

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

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,

US Presidents Daughter in Kirkleatham

Esther Cleveland (September 9, 1893 – June 25, 1980) was the daughter of American president Grover Cleveland, she is the only child of a President to have been born in the White House.
William and Esther Bosanquet, Kirkleatham
Esther married Captain William Bosanquet in 1918,  who became the manager of Skinningrove Iron Works after fighting in the First World War, they lived in Kirkleatham Old Hall which is now a museum.

This 1934 newspaper article from America newspaper pictures her outside the Hall, Esther returned to America in 1966 after the death of her husband and is buried in New Hampshire

Their daughter was the British philosopher Philippa Foot.

Skinningrove Merman Mosaic

This mosaic depicting the merman legend on Skinningroves Riverside Building was unveiled by Mayor Olwyn Peters in March 2012
Skinningrove Merman
It was created by the Whitecliffe Primary School children under the supervision of Glynis Johnson
Skinningrove Merman
Theres also a nice set of tiles showing a row of local cottages.
Skinningrove Mural

Update : Looks like this was incomplete on my first visit as a dog has been added looking at the mermans fish.
Skinningrove Flood Mosaic

Skinningrove Mining Museum Mosaic

This mosaic of a miner and horse was unveiled at the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum on Wednesday June 22nd 2011.Skinningrove Mining Museum Mosaic

The mosaic is the work of Derek Mosey & Helen Gaunt with volunteers from the museum, the people of Skinningrove and children from Whitecliffe Primary School. Derek and Helen also made the Skinningrove Story Wall

Skinningrove Jetty

The jetty was originally constructed between 1882-1887 by the Skinningrove Iron Company. Attempts were made to destroy it in WW2 to prevent it being used as a German landing point, but failed due to its unusual contruction from cement made of molten slag from the blast furnaces.
Skinningrove JettySkinningrove Jetty
Skinningrove Jetty
Skinningrove Jetty
Skinningrove Jetty
Skinningrove Jetty

The jetty is currently in a bad state of disrepair although its still used by local fisherman who occasionally fall in the holes and hurt themselves.

Loftus (Lofthouse) Ironstone Mine

Loftus Ironstone mine operated from 1865 until 1958 (although some earlier working was done by several companies back to 1847 in the immedite area)

The name of the town and mine are said to have been altered to avoid confusion with Lofthouse near Wakefield when the railways arrived.

The pit for the Waddle ventilation fan is still very prominant on the site

Waddle Fan, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove Waddle Fan, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove

The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum (formerly the Tom Leonard Mining Museum) which occupies the site is currently closed for the winter, so I shall have to return for internal shots next year, however a few items can be seen outside even when its closed.

Tom Leonard, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove Tom Leonard, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove

1882 datestone from the engine house of Lumpsey Mine

Tom Leonard, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove

1914 datestones from the fan house at South Skelton Mine

Tom Leonard, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove Tom Leonard, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove

The mine stables are currently being converted, a drift ran underground from the stables directly into the mine

Tom Leonard, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove