Grey Towers, Nunthorpe

Grey Towers was built between 1865 and 1867 for the ironmaster William Randolph
Hopkins, the designer was John Ross of Darlington. Its unsual colour is due to the whinstone used in its construction.
Grey Towers, Nunthorpe
Hopkins, Gilkes and Co were ruined due to their part in the Tay Bridge Disaster and the house went on the market in 1879 for £30,000 but remained unsold.
It became the home of Sir Arthur Dorman, founder of Dorman Long between 1895-1931. After Dormans death the house was bought by Sir Thomas Gibson Poole as the site for Middlesbroughs tuberculosis sanatorium, however due to the 2nd World War it was not completed until 1945.
Grey Towers, Nunthorpe
After the closure of the Poole Hospital in 1989 the house became a target for vandals but has since been converted into apartments

Stainton Whinstone Quarry

A BGS photo from 1975 shows the quarry faces still visible and a general mess.

The quarry now is virtually unrecognisable as its has been landscaped and converted into parkland.

Stainton Whinstone Quarry Stainton Whinstone Quarry

Stainton Whinstone Quarry 

One possible remnant is a cairn of stones erected by the entrance, to my non-geologist eyes the majority looks like sandstone, but I think the larger grey block could be whinstone.

Stainton Whinstone Quarry Stainton Whinstone Quarry 



Scale Cross Whinstone Quarries

Scale Cross was a small whinstone concern operated by the Commondale Whinstone Co in the early 20th century, the quarries from this period although now overgrown can still be located on the moor. This quarry may also have been known as Howl Sike but I’ve not seen any documentary evidence of that.
Scale Cross, Whinstone Quarries Scale Cross, Whinstone Quarries

Scale Cross, Whinstone Quarries Scale Cross, Whinstone Quarries

A tramway ran down the hill past Scale Cross farm towards the railway at the bottom of the valley.

Donkey Pond, Whinstone Quarries, Gribdale

Donkey Pond is a flooded whinstone quarry in woodland near Gribdale Gate.

Donkey Pond, Gribdale, Flooded Whinstone Workings Donkey Pond, Gribdale, Flooded Whinstone Workings

Donkey Pond, Gribdale, Flooded Whinstone Workings

Very little is know of the history of this site, such as whether it was linked with the underground workings of the Gribdale Mining Company about 1km west.

As the whinstone ridge head in that direction a large cutting is visible where the whinstone has been removed, and numerous tramways can be traced through the woods.

Whinstone workings, Gribdale Whinstone workings, Gribdale  Whinstone workings, Gribdale

North Bank Wood, Whinstone Quarry

I first came across this site nearly 20 months ago and hadn’t realised what it was at the time, now looking back with a little more experience it became apparent it was on the whinstone dyke crossing the area.

A small quarry cutting can be seen with rocks outcropping from the sides.

North Bank Wood, Whinstone Quarry North Bank Wood, Whinstone Quarry

A small bridge over a stream is visible which connected the site to the adjacent railway line

North Bank Wood, Whinstone Quarry

Sil Howe Whinstone Mine, Goathland

A drift runs 1770 feet from moorland to the south of the Whinstone Dyke.

Entrance to Sil Howe mine Entrance to Sil Howe mine

The remains of a mine building stand adjacent to the entrance.

Buildings at Sil Howe mine Buildings at Sil Howe mine

The drift entrance is dated 1940 whereas the mine building is 1899, this is most likely due to the large bomb crater next to them both which most likely destroyed the original drift entrance.

Bomb crater at Sil Howe mine

If not blocked, the drift would lead to the base of the mine working within the Whinstone Dyke, left was “Tinkers End” and right was “Sillars” both approximately 150 feet below the surface of the quarry.Quarry in Whinstone Ridge near Sil Howe Quarry in Whinstone Ridge near Sil Howe

This mine was actually accessible until the 1980s, and also subject to a rejected application for receational purposes in the 1970s. Internal photos can be seen on Mine Explorer