Stump Cross, Danby

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Stump Cross stands a few hundred meters to the east of Danby Beacon at the junction of two medieval trackways.
Stump Cross, Danby
Stonegate which runs from the village called Stonegate to Danby Beacon and Leavergate which runs from the Danby Beacon towards Easington.
Stump Cross, Danby
It is thought the original cross shaft was longer and only the broken ‘stump’ remains, although given its current name of ‘Stump Cross’ that break must have happened in the distant past.

Great Ayton Wicker Soldier

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The solider was first erected in 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.
Wicker Soldier, Great Ayton

Woollen medals knitted by the Great Ayton Knit and Knatter group are put on the soldier on the day each one was killed, also a minutes silence is held at the village war memorial on the exact centenary of their death.
War Memorial, Great Ayton

The project will continue into 2018 by which time all 50 who were killed will have been remembered.

Wicker Soldier, Great Ayton


Mount Snever Observatory

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I’m sure i’ll get told off for it not being in Teesside, but its a short drive and its interesting !

Mount Snever Observatory

Mount Snever Observatory was built for John Wormald of Oldstead Hall in 1837/38 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria.

Mount Snever Observatory

It stands around 40ft tall and is currently locked and inaccessible.

Mount Snever Observatory
One plaque features a modified version of lines from Windsor Forest by Alexander Pope.

‘Here hills and waving groves a scene display
And part admit and part exclude the day
See rich industry smiling on the plains
And peace and plenty tell VICTORIA reigns!
Happy the MAN who to these shades retires
Whom NATURE charms and whom the muse inspires
Who wandering thoughtful in this silent wood
Attends the duties of the wise and good
To observe a mean, be to himself a friend
To follow NATURE and regard his end.’

Mount Snever Observatory

‘John Wormald In the first year of the reign of Queen Victoria caused this observatory to be erected. J Dodds Builder’

Aysdalegate Junction

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The posting was originally one I made for my “Our Industrial Heartland” project

One of the critical factors in the success of the industry in our project area was the construction of the Cleveland Railway, this was opened in November 1861 between the Skelton Old Shaft mines and Normanby Jetty, extending toward Boosbeck in 1862.  Branches were also constructed to Slapewath, Stanghow and Aysdalegate mines.
With the construction of the railways came numerous interesting bridges, tunnels and culverts.

This culvert (in orange) carries a stream under the branch line which went to Slapewath Mine
Culvert under branch to Slapewath
This small tunnel (yellow) went under the same branch line, but was dry for livestock and people to cross under the railway.
Underpass on branch to Slapewath
This much more sizeable tunnel (red) passed under the main line.
Underpass below main line at Slapewath branch
Considering they date from the 1860’s, they are all in excellent condition.

Tocketts Mill – National Mills Weekend 2017 – Sunday 14th May

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Tockett’s Watermill, near Guisborough

A 4-storey corn mill built in the 18th century. Completely restored in 1990s, with an 18-ft pitchback waterwheel, three pairs of stones and a full set of ancillary machinery. Fully operational, producing flour.

SUNDAY 14TH MAY ONLY, 14.00-16.00.

Guisborough Steam Corn Mill

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A Tees Archaeology report states that the Guisborough Co-operative Corn Milling Society established the steam powered Mill in 1856.

Guisborough Steam Corn MillThe arch of a cartway into the mill yard can still be seen on the three story building. The modern 1850 datestone seems to disagree with the 1856 plaque.

Guisborough Steam Corn Mill

A hinge remains from an older door or gate.

Guisborough Steam Corn Mill

Guisborough Steam Corn Mill

I have found reference in the 1883 Co-operative Wholesale Society Annual to the ‘Guisborough Provident Industrial Corn Mill Society’ being established in 1856, registered in May 1863 and dissolved in 1871

Rosedale Local History Weekend



22nd& 23rd APRIL , 11.00 – 4.30 p.m.     FREE ENTRY.

At Updale Reading Room (Village Hall),  Rosedale. 

OS Outdoor Leisure 26 1:25,000, grid reference SE713 975

Post code YO18 8RQ
Exhibition and display, walks to the mines (both days), a talk by local Mines and Railway expert, Malcolm Bisby and local art and craft.  Refreshments.

Rosedale History Society, in association with “The Land of Iron” HLF funded project currently underway here in Rosedale and in the Esk Valley, is holding a weekend exhibition of archive material including photographs, maps and plans, artefacts and much more.  There will be plenty to see for the industrial history enthusiasts, including loaned items from Ryedale Folk Museum, and not forgetting the stories of wives and children of the miners and railwaymen, and Rosedale’s own social history.

There will be some hands-on activities for children, information on local wildlife and the opportunity to find out more about the “Land of Iron” project with information for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

If you feel like being involved in archaeology, surveys and a bit of clearing and digging, here’s your chance!

Scarborough artist, Andrew Cheetham, will be displaying work he produced while Artist in Residence here in Rosedale in 2010.   Also, the Rosedale Art & Craft Group will showcase their high quality art and craft mixed media work, some available to buy.

WALKS: on both days there will be a guided walk to the mine sites of Rosedale East.  These are free for both adults and children (aged 11 and over) starting from the Reading Room at 2.00p.m., returning approximately 4.30p.m. Please bring walking boots and bottled water.  Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

 TALK:  Malcolm Bisby, our very popular local mines and railway expert will give a talk with slides at Rosedale Abbey Church at 6.00p.m. on SATURDAY 22ndFree entry with a collection for the Church Roof Appeal.

All are most welcome to these events.  Wheelchair friendly.

Tel. 01751-417071 or email

Go to for more information and directions.