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Lovely

Yes I like this photograph and that is why I published it taken from inside the alum tunnel.
Image courtesy of Julie Morrison.

Alum House, Hummersea

Alum House, Hummersea

A view from the cliff looking down on the alum house at Hummersea.

Thanks to Tina Dowey for the loan of this card that was posted in 1907.

Hummersea Beach

Hummersea Beach

A long walk by Hummersea farm to get to this beach, but well worth it, as we can see frequented by local people. The ruins were the remains of the old alum house associated with Hummersea Alum Mine.

 

Hummersea, May 2002

Hummersea, May 2002

This photograph shows the bottom of the steps down from Hummersea Farm to the beach. The stone-built structure is thought to have been used as a kiln for the burning of cemenstone – which was obtained from the uppermost levels of the alum shale.

Thanks to John Roberts for the photo. Information re the kiln from ’Steeped in History’ edited by I. Miller.

Hummersea, November 2006

Hummersea, November 2006

This photo shows the new steps in place, down the cliff from Hummersea Farm to the beach, in November 2006.  The old kiln looks the same as in the earlier photo.  Are the steps still there, or have they been damaged by the sea?

Thanks to John Roberts for the photo.

Hummersea Cliffs

Hummersea Cliffs

A view of the former Hummersea alum workings, almost disappearing under the eroded surface.

The stone outlines are the remains of liquor channels used to move the resultant liquids to the settling tanks.

Thanks to Eric Johnson for the photographs and information.

Interesting!

Initially just a photograph of Boulby Cliffs, but the worked stone appears man-made. Eric Johnson who took the image and explained it is part of the Alum workings which feature on an earlier post. Jill Etheridge tells us: “Most interesting to me, especially as I live outside the area. My Great, Great, Great Grandfather was the Alum Agent to Lord Dundas in the early 1800s and died in Loftus in 1816.”

Image and information courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Jill Etheridge for the interesting comment.