Port Mulgrave

A lovely photograph of Port Mulgrave’s docks; when it actually was a port, built around 1856-57, it was a very busy place serving the surrounding mines. This shows the harbour prior to World War II, the disintegrating remains of Palmers ironstone loading staithes clearly visible; the seaward pier was blown up during the war.
Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson, Neil Suckling and Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.

SS Staithes at Port Mulgrave

A view of SS Staithes; one of the many ironstone ore carriers that plied their trade between Port Mulgrave and the iron works on the River Tees.
Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson.

Grinkle Ironstone at Port Mulgrave

A view of Palmers ironstone loading staithes at Port Mulgrave, with a boat either just berthing or about to depart (judging by the smoking chimney stack!) from the jetty. Bill Danby advised: “This is another shot of the jetty at Port Mulgrave. If you look at the photograph entitled “Port Mulgrave” with boats waiting to be loaded, you can see the structure of the jetty is the same and in fact this is virtually the same scene taken from another angle.”
Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson and thanks to Bill Danby for the update.

After The Fire

When this photograph arrived to the Archive it was believed to be of the ironstone bunkers at Port Mulgrave. This was confirmed by Simon Chapman who explained: ”This was a fire at Port Mulgrave about 1911. You can see it has burnt out the engine room and boilers for the rope haulage system through the tunnel to Dalehouse, exposing a section through one of the bunkers for loading ironstone into ships in the harbour. The big mound of ironstone to the right was usually built up when sea conditions prevented ships docking and taking normal shipments away. The damage was later repaired and the harbour got back to normal operations.”

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and Maurice Grayson; also many thanks to Simon Chapman for the supporting information.

Port Mulgrave

A view of Port Mulgrave with the boats waiting to be loaded with ironstone; this gives a fair impression as to how busy it was.

Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson.

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.

Boulby Mine

One of the pit horses at the Boulby ironstone mine; believed to be by the Travelling Drift. Mr Ray Conn advised the Archive that he believed that one of the men to be seen working behind the horse was known as “Pidge.”

Image and information courtesy of Mr. Ray Conn.

Grinkle Mine

Despite a not very clear picture, as the Archive doesn’t have many images of Grinkle mine we felt we had to publish it. The mine was abandoned in 1934, hence very little survives to this day. Has anyone got any more photographs or information they would like to share with us?
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Grinkle Miners

Another piece of the jigsaw – this image includes the two ”trappy” lads from a previous post and the Archive originally posted this image believing it to be of miners from Loftus mine; however Simon Chapman has advised us it is the miners from Grinkle mine which was owned by Sir Mark Palmer of Grinkle Park. Interestingly it looks as if it is also part of a larger image and hopefully at some time the Archive will find the complete picture, in the mean time can anybody name any of these people?

With thanks to Simon Chapman for the correction.

“Trappy” Lads

Now known to be part of the workforce of the Boulby and Grinkle mines, Trappy Lads were present in all mines. This was the job you got when you left school in the pit villages of the North-East – these lads look about 14 – their job was to open and close the ventilation doors as the horses and tubs came through.  They’re possibly wearing ”miner’s heels” which were an attachment to the workers boots of the time – you knew you’d been kicked if you got a ding from these! – the lads are carrying Tinplate ”midges” by the look of them, they used candles in the earlier days, later carbide powered midges were used.  Part of a larger group image, which can be viewed later in the Archive.