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Rosedale East

The calcining plant at Rosedale Mines. We are told by Simon Chapman: ”This is the plant installed in the 1920s to recover a mound of calcined ironstone dust tipped below the kilns at Rosedale. It had been dumped there in the past because it was unsuitable for smelting originally but later could be used because of improvements in metallurgy. Similar equipment was installed below the other kilns at Rosedale East but the dust mound in front of the West kilns still remains. Recovery of this material kept the railway open for a couple of years after the mines closed in 1926.”  

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to Simon Chapman for the information.

The Fan House

Julie Riddiough has kindly sent us a set of photographs that she took from the top end of Brotton just last month, in the afternoon of 27th August. This is a view over the golf course to the remains of the Huntcliffe mine, Guibal fan house, beside the railway at the top of the cliff. ”The Huntcliff Ironstone Mine, a drift mine, commenced operations in 1872 by which time ventilation techniques had become more sophisticated. Worked on the pillar and bord system, this mine was one of several to be ventilated by a Guibal fan, named after its Belgian inventor. A vertical shaft was driven down to the mining level at the top of which the fan house was erected. A huge 30 foot ( 9 m) diameter fan powered by a static steam engine drew the foul air up the shaft and then up a specially designed chimney to the open air. Once in operation fresh air would be drawn into the mine through the drift entrances and could be controlled and directed by a series of shutters or doors usually operated by young boys.”

Image courtesy of Julie Riddiough; additional information courtesy of ”Coast Alive”.

Liverton Mines Pit

This image of the remains of Liverton Mines Pit has been taken from the shale tips.  I can see the lower end of Graham Street and of Downe Street.  Loftus is in the background at the other side of the valley.  Can anybody assist with when was it taken?

Image courtesy of Joe Ward.

Boys At The Top

No going down these mine for these boys; they obviously worked in the offices of Pease and Partners at Upleatham Mine. Left to right: ”Darkie” Reed, Wilf Hardy, Harry Bowers, Ralph Clark, William Bailey. 
Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, with thanks to Eric Johnson for the names update.

Working Plan

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum provided this plan of the workings of Boulby Ironstone Mine, but as Simon Chapman points out: ”If you read the small print at the bottom you will see that this is a plan of the workings of Boulby Mine. Grinkle Mine was to the south and much more extensive.”

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to Simon Chapman for the correcting update.


The caption says Rosedale Mineral Railway 1860-1926, what more can I say? From a William Hayes postcard, being a compilation of several seperate postcards. J. Chrystal updates with: “Mr, Rose from High Row Loftus worked at rosedale mine in 1912, he walked to work and back six days a week along the railway line from loftus. his half day was saturday, on the way there and back he also did his allotment and kept hens.
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum., thanks to J. Chrystal for the update

Bank Top Terminus – Rosedale West

North Eastern Railway Terminus 1,000 feet above sea level and that is as much as I know about it and I read that off the caption. Now believed to be on the Rosedale end of the Rosedale to Ingleby Greenhow railway system. Thanks to Mark T for the update.

Rodney Begg tells us: ”Scarborough Archaeological Publication “Research Report No. 9″ on the Rosedale Mines and Railway: “West Rosedale Bank Top, circa 1911.  Engine shed on left and railway cottages on right. Snow-ploughs on siding with traces of other sidings formerly extending to calcining kilns.” The cottages still exist and were inhabited last time I visited the area (some while back now).  A good way to get to this area and enjoy a walk as well is to join the track bed across the road from The Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge and turn right. Follow the track bed and eventually you will end up at this; the terminus at West Rosedale. On the way you will visit the site of Sheriff’s Pit, the only shaft mine in this system.”

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to Rodney Begg for the update.

Rosedale Works

A busy day at Rosedale works I am informed that the west works started in 1857 and the east side in 1859. Simon Chapman advises: ”This is a view of the Rosedale East Mines in the 1920s. Central in the picture is a chute for loading ironstone direct into railway wagons, while in the background, behind the white hut, a gantry spans the railway; this was the apparatus for recovering the calcine dust from below the iron-fronted or New Kilns. The wagons in the foreground are empty tubs from out of the pit. Right in the background, behind the ramshackle tipping huts, can be seen the cottages and workshops at High Baring. The Rosedale West Mines opened in the mid-1850s and the East Mines about 1865.”
Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, grateful thanks to Simon Chapman for the dating information.

Dismantling Sidings

At Huntcliff again and this time the sidings above the main drift are being dismantled in 1906.

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and other collections.

Dismantling Fan

As the caption says it’s Huntcliff mine 1906, although the fan was dismantled, the building “Huntcliffe Guibal Fan House” is a scheduled monument; continuing to stand adjacent to the railway line skirting Warsett Hill. It is clearly visible to many as they travel around the area, particularly when passing from Carlin How towards Brotton.

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and other collections.