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Windmill at Ugthorpe

Yes I know it’s quite a way from Loftus but who could resist a lovely photo of the windmill at Ugthorpe, pictured in 1954 minus the canvas sails. A sight sadly missed today. The windmill was situated towards the moor road end of Ugthorpe. Geoffrey Powell tells us: “When I was stationed at RAF Goldsborough we had to do a Church run. When I was duty driver I had to take two runs to the two churches at Ugthorpe; one C of E and the other RC opposite each other. Then wait until the service was over and then bring the Officers or others back to the camp. Just along side Goldsborough camp we had married quarters. It was a devil in heavy rain getting to Ugthorpe as we had to venture across a ford!! Would love to know where the windmill was indeed situated. Happy days. I always said I would get married at Ugthorpe C of E, but was posted so did not happen 1961/2/3. How I would love to relive them with such infectious beautiful coastline one does not have to go to church to experience a taste of heaven.”
Image (from a postcard) courtesy of Joyce Hore, thanks to Geoffrey Powell for the update.

The Esk Valley

Owen Rooks sent us this photograph and wrote: “The image attached is one that has intrigued me for years! It’s a very old and very small snapshot which I’m fairly certain is of somewhere in the Esk Valley. The interest for me lies in the fact that there quite clearly are industrial workings (mining, quarry?) shown with the railway line running below them across the picture. Whilst the quality of the photograph has much deteriorated, I have done my best with the scan.  I would add that my father’s family lived in Danby in 19th Century. Eric Johnson advised: “The view is looking north across the Esk valley at Castleton; the station and coal drops can be seen. The tramway and gantry down to the silica works from the quarries are also present. The book “Along the Esk” by Denis Goldring, gives more information.” Derek Pearson advised: “I also have a slightly different photograph taken from nearer Castleton looking more directly at the tramway. The houses on the left and the small group of trees hide the road that runs from the Tennis Courts (present day) up the bank to the Commondale turn off and onto Lockwood Beck and Lingdale.”

Image and information courtesy of Owen Rooks, thanks to Eric Johnson and Derek Pearson for the additional information.


I love this Frith’s postcard view of Castleton as it used to be; how lovely, no cars, just a horse and cart. Again a day when somebody knew the photographer was coming and ensured they got in the picture!

‘The Nest’ Ainthorpe

Another Esk Valley postcard  image; “The Nest”  (now demolished) was situated in Ainthorpe, slightly lower down the hill from the Fox and Hounds and on the opposite side of the road. It gets a mention in the first paragraph of an interesting account of life in times past called “An Ainthorpe Childhood” by J. P. Lynas which appears as a pdf file within the North Yorks Moors National Park website. The quickest and easiest way to get to it is to put the words ”Ainthorpe Childhood” into your search engine!

Image and information courtesy of Owen Rooks.

Beggar’s Bridge, Glaisdale

This photograph taken by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe; a perfect, timeless image. Taken from ”Photographic View Album of Whitby” – photographed and printed by Valentine & Sons Ltd., Dundee.

Beggar’s Bridge

I think we all know the story of Beggar’s bridge, when a poor man loved a rich girl and went away to make his fortune to build the bridge. Well here it is in winter with the river so frozen that they could skate on it, image dates from c.1900. Was it frozen in the cold of last winter?
Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.

Grosmont From The Hill

That is what the caption on this image says; I don’t think it looks much like this today. Russell Pigott tells us: ”I would say about the turn of the 20th century,there is fresh ballast on a siding which looks like it went into the ironworks that seem to be demolished and also the style of railway wagons in the picture.” Richard Coates comments: “I’m sure that I know the place the picture was taken. The rail lines that pass the chimney run to Whitby, if you look through the gap between the second and third bush you can just make out the line that runs to Pickering now owned by the NYMR. The view has changed slightly but not much.”

Image courtesy of Cleveland ironstone mining museum, thanks to Russell Pigott and Richard Coates for the updates.

Ruswarp Mill

A lovely photograph of Ruswarp Mill on the River Esk; built in 1752 as a corn mill and rebuilt after the fire in 1911.  It is no longer a working mill; having then been converted into apartments.  The road and railway cross the river over the two bridges below the weir. This image is part of a series taken by Mrs Unthank as part of geography projects for Loftus County Modern School (later Rosecroft School) in the 1960s.

Image courtesy of Mrs. R. Unthank.

Thomassin Foss, Goathland (c.1900)

A hand-tinted picture postcard of Thomassin Foss at Goathland, extremely well-executed; the style is that of Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, but the photographer is uncredited. The printer is H. Graham Glen, Wortley, Leeds. William Glen tells us: ”The photograph would have been taken by either Henry Graham Glen or less likely one of his sons. The business H. Graham Glen, Wortley, Leeds was both photography and printing. The tinting would have been done probably by Henry.”

Image courtesy of Jean Dean, many thanks to William Glen for that update.

Golf Balls

Yes that was the popular name for the early warning station at Fylingdales, our area gets ever wider but there are those younger ones amongst us who will not remember these. The controversy when they were erected and the same again when they were to be knocked down. Did someone in your family help build, demolish or protest against these structures?
Image courtesy of Geoffrey Powell.