Tocketts Ironstone Mine Shafts

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Two mine shafts are easily visible from the footpath though the woods.

The first is a pumping shaft surrounded by a fence, it is 70ft deep and full of water and debris, a bricked up passage can be seen which was presumably to let water flow out into the beck after pumping.
Tocketts Shaft 5
Tocketts Shaft 4
Tocketts Shaft 6

The second is an air shaft with a large chimney, to aid the airflow in the sheltered valley.

Tocketts Shaft 3
Tocketts Shaft 2
Tocketts Shaft 1

Update : Here is a map of the rail link to the site provided by Andrew who has made some detailed comments below, it it based on the map available on the Waggonways site

Tocketts railway

3 thoughts on “Tocketts Ironstone Mine Shafts

  1. The spring/summer 2008 edition of CIH magazine contains a comprehensive article charting the Tocketts Mine story. The mine itself appears to have been considered a failure, yielding poor or little stone, which must have been badly received by the promoters bearing in mind the amount spent on the development of the site.

    Over 100 years later boys from the nearby Laurence Jackson School were forced to run the dreaded cross country right through this site, in all weather conditions! I know because I was one……

  2. Does anyone know how the mine was linked up to the Eston mines complex waggon way? I have read somewhere of a wooden bridge somewhere but there does not seem to be much in the way of evidence ‘on the ground’ so to speak.

    • Tocketts was connected to the local rail system by a standard gauge siding which left the Chaloner Pit branch at a point above Howlbeck Mill Farm, crossed Wilton Lane by a timber viaduct and then along the side of the valley below Howlbeck Farm to Tocketts Bridge where B1269 Redcar Road was crossed by another timber viaduct which carried the line onto the opposite side of the valley, and its course to the pit and the shafts then ran within what is now the established conifer wood below Tocketts House. The earthworks can still be seen from the bypass, between Howlbeck Farm and Tocketts Bridge but the viaduct materials will have been ‘recycled’ after closure. In view of the poor returns from the pit, the railway connection was very short lived and probably none of the infrastructure realistically worth building. The Chaloner Pit branch itself only lasted until 1914 by which time the mine’s output was going first by narrow gauge tramway later via underground route directly linked to Eston Mines, and down the inclines to California at Eston. More info in the CIH magazine as posted by Matthew, and various books and publications on the Cleveland ironstone industry.
      See also map at although the branch is missing from this map and needs to be added in by its creator.

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