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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 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.

Bank Top Station

Rosedale West is where this station is and Robert Goundry assisted with: “Rosedale West was a junction where the line from Ingleby Incline divided to go to the East and West sides of Rosedale. The engine shed for the line was there, but as there were no (official) passenger trains it wasn’t a passenger station. The locomotives were NER Class P (LNER J24) and had tender cabs to help deal with the inclement weather across the moors.”

Image (from a William Hayes postcard) courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to Robert Goundry for the update.

Florence Terrace Rosedale

We wondered who the Florence was that this Terrace was named after; Toby Clempson tells us: ”The Florence in question is likely to have been Florence Nightingale, whose medical work in the Crimean War of the 1850s made her famous having been widely publicised in the British Press not all that long before the Rosedale Abbey iron mining boom of the 1870s took place.”
Image (from a William Hayes postcard) courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and many thanks to Toby Clempson for the update.