Friday, October 14, 2016

Three Excellent Films

Yorkshire Moors 1950  An amateur film about a family visit to Whitby showing the scenery along the way.

watch-staithes-1959   The title says it all - 1956!!

The Children of Eskdale  Filmed in Eskdale in the 1973 of a local farming community.  I remember this being filmed..

Friday, October 7, 2016

Verduice Press

Quite please with this discovery, I reported it to the national park archeology recorder and it turns out to be previously unreported.  This is at the ruined farm, Grange Head SW of Egton Bdge.  There is no public access.

These presses (There are several in the Esk Valley I believe) were used to extract juice from fruit such as apples, etc.,  A large wood beam was wedged against an imovable object such as a tree root and the beam was pressed downwards crushing and squeezing the fruit.  Not clear on this picture but there is a 'run off' channel on the far side of the square groove.  I suspect the stone in the background was a part of the press as there are some remains of fixtures which I wouldn't normally associate with old yats or gate posts.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Another Whinstone House (Pickering)

This is the  third house I've discovered made from locally sourced basalt/whinstone.  This example and the smallest I've found so far is on the road out of Pickering to Newton-upon-Rawcliffe.  

The other two houses are much bigger - Greytowers mansion in Nunthorpe and Undercliffe Hall

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cheese Stones, Baysdale

At Baysdale 615050 are a small group of boulders.   These are mentioned by Stanhope White (Standing Stones & Earthworks on the North Yorkshire Moors 1987) who seems to think these are man  made perhaps.  I looked on top of all the boulders and sure enough they are lots.  And on other boulders too.  Frank Elgee an

eminent author does not think these are man made.  Some of these look as though they have suffered much erosion around the edges which cuts into the circular depressions and several are on the top and very precariously it must have been for anyone trying to chip  into the rocks as there is little to no room in some places.  The top picture also shows a cross on one  small boulder.  The lower picture shows another group of depressions taken whilst standing on one of the much higher stones.

I don't know who Maurice H Close 1928 was but have included it in anycase.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Invaders From......

.... Paddling down the R.Tees near Newsham we came across this tropical rain forest.  Alas, it consists of mainly three introduced species and non of them from the tropics

Giant Hogweed, from Southern Russian/Caucasus
Japanese Knotweed, from errrr??? Japan!
Himalayan Balsam, from ????  Oh, yes - the Himalayan mountains.

All three species spread easily down rivers and in some areas, such as this on the Tees forms dense stands eliminating all native species.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Inscribed Rocks on the Moors

There are many inscribed stones within the NYMNP.  Many are well known and recorded by Stanhope White and others.  Some record roads being built, others boundaries.  This one near the south end of Jugger Howe Beck is enscribed:-  

"Oct 1948  This day we pledged our troth". 

I wonder who this was and whether they ever got married.  Its entirely possible that one or both of them are still alive.  Perhaps the lettering lower down records the day they actually got married?  Who knows?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Another Whinstone house, Undercliffe Hall, Great Ayton

 Grey Towers  is one house I know of which is built from basalt or whinstone as its known locally.  Another house is Undercliffe Hall, just outside Great Ayton.

This large victorian house was built by William Jones in 1873 who owned the first chemical plant on Teesside.

Like Grey Towers all the stone around the windows and the quoin stones are all of local sandstone.  The remainder is all local basalt which in this case only came from the quarries less than a mile away.

I also noticed some of the entrance gate contained some basalt and it may be that some of the gatehouse is also basalt judging by the size of the stonework.  Unfortunately for me the gate house is now painted white. So I can't be sure!

In Pickering for the war weekend I noticed a cottage, appropriately called Whinstone Cottage, which was also constructed of the small blocks of basalt.  It is opposite the old mill on the road by the trout farm.

If anyone knows of any other buildings built out of this black hard stone, contact me please.