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The Oldest House in Runswick

The Oldest House in Runswick

In 1682 the whole village, except one house, dropped into the sea.  I don’t know if this was it.  Fortunately the villagers were roused and managed to evacuate their homes before they slid into the sea.

Image courtesy of Bery Morris, published by George Trueman, Whitby.

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.

Hinderwell Church

This view of St. Hilda’s Church, Hinderwell is from a card was posted in Whitby on 14th March, 1905 and is believed to have been produced by Tom Watson of Lythe.

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris.

The Mill, Hinderwell

This image Hinderwell wind mill is from a Tom Watson of Lythe post card, un-post marked we are unsure of the precise date. The mill was built in 1820 by Isaac Moon who was also miller at the Dalehouse water mill, it stood seven storeys high and powered by four sails.  In 1870 a steam engine was installed to help power the mill.  Villagers used to hold dances on the mill floor and it was dismantled in  1915. The mill is marked on old maps  and was behind the High Street, to the south west, between the road and the railway. It would have been close to where the Serenity Camp Site is now.

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris, Maurice Grayson and Olive Bennett.


A very different view of the road everybody assumes is Station Road (it originally lead to Hinderwell Station – now sadly gone) but in reality is Brown’s Terrace.  The corner visible to the right of this view adjoins the A174 as you drive through Hinderwell towards Whitby, just beyond the war memorial and Runswick Lane.  The station site is now small industrial units. Sheila Roots advises: ”The little boy in the sailor suit is my father – William Harrison who lived at 4 Brown’s Terrace. I think the other boy is called Jack and they are sitting at the top of the lane leading to Brown’s Terrace. My brother and I used to stand on the bridge and watch the trains go underneath.”

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris (from a postcard published by Tom Watson, Lythe), thanks to Sheila Roots for the update.

Port Mulgrave

Port Mulgrave, when it actually was a port. Built around 1856-57, it was a very busy place serving the surrounding mines. Empty ironstone trucks are clearly visible on the gantry system; empty trucks to the lower left, awaiting return to the tunnel through to Dalehouse and Grinkle mine to be refilled.

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.


This is an ‘after’ photograph of the previous image; the port has all but gone now, when did it all go wrong?
Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.

Sandsend from Lythe Bank

A lovely view, but having walked up this bank in the past I really feel for the horse. Rosemary Casson asked: ” When was this? This might be my Grandad, William Ernest Dudman who was the carrier for Lythe and Sandsend area”. The Archive can advise the image is from a Tom Watson postcard dating from 1905 to 1907.

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris.

Sandsend Looking North West

This is a view that we don’t normally see as we drive through Sandsend; the card was posted in December, 1904. Thanks to Peter Appleton for pointing out that the original caption for the image was incorrect: “This isn’t “looking east”. The coastline here runs approximately east-west. This view is looking approximately north-west.

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris, thanks to Peter Appleton for the update.

Sandsend and Lythe Bank

This view of Sandsend and Lythe bank is from a postcard, post marked with the date of 7th June, 1919. Perhaps from a holiday post World War I and all its horrors.

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris.