Cleveland Ironstone Story – Part 2 – Where are the mines ?

Early ironmaking may date as far back as Roman times, multiple furnaces were in existence at Rievaulx Abbey by the 16th century with other small-scale operations on surface outcrops in Bilsdale, Bransdale, Rosedale and Fryup Dale.  Records also exist for coastal collection of ironstone from the foreshore and cliffs. Underground ironstone mining started at Grosmont […]

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Skelton Ironstone Mines Map

Kevin Ward has kindly loaded the project this wonderful colour map to share, it combines plans of three different mines, North Skelton, South Skelton and Longacres. The pink areas denote “goafing” which is the removal of all ironstone, which results in the roof collapsing. The exact date is currently unknown but it must be after […]

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