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Rosedale Community News

Welcome to the Rosedale blog. This is where we share news and information about events in Rosedale and the wider community throughout the year. You’ll also find news about the village timetable, our micro enterprises, school events, clubs, and lively socials.

Archive for the ‘Heritage’ Category

ROSEDALE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL AND CONCERTS – 1 TO 9 JUNE 2022

A quick summary of events over the Jubilee period as a reminder:

ROSEDALE ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL AND CONCERTS at Rosedale Abbey church in aid of the Save Rosedale Abbey Church appeal.

Wednesday June 1, 7pm, Festival Launch with concert by The Dalesmen Singers.  £10 at the door.  Refreshments.

Thursday – Sunday June 2-5, 10.00 – 4.00, Art & Craft workers selling a wide range of hand-made quality pieces, workshops and displays. Free entry.  Workshops can be pre-booked.  See further details on facebook, twitter and www.rosedaleabbey.com

Thursday 2 June 9.45pm – Beacon Lighting on Chimney Bank

Thursday June 9, 7.00pm Concert with jazz musicians John Lane and Richard Haynes, and professional singer and guitarist, Ross McWhirter.  £10 at the door.  Refreshments.

ROSEDALE HISTORY MEETING on Sunday 5 June, 2.00-4.00 at Updale Reading Room village hall.  Our informal, quarterly meetings are open to all for research and discussion.  Our large archive covers both social and industrial heritage with photographs, documents and maps.   Internet access provided.  Refreshments available.  Contact rosedalehistory@hotmail.co.uk  with any enquiries.

Rosedale Show 2020

With great regret, the Rosedale Show Committee has announced that the Show has been cancelled for this year. There were just too many forward financial commitments to be made now which could be put at risk later if any Wuhan Flu measures are still in place in August, as now seems likely from government forecasts.

Heavy Horses from 2019

Fingers crossed and see you all in 2021!

Rosedale History Society Meetings

Hello All,

Because we are all having to change our plans due to the virus threat, we will be holding no further monthly meetings or other events for the next few months.

If anyone wants archive information, please email us at any time at

rosedalehistory@hotmail.co.uk

We hope that everyone manages to stay well until we can all get together again.

best wishes

Linda Chambers

Coffee Morning – 5 October 2019

The coffee morning held in the Coach House Inn on Saturday 5 October between 10.00 to 12.00 am was aid of the Rosedale History Society. There were photographic displays, including Land of Iron work-in-progress updates along with the customary raffle and cake sales, all of which raised £215 for the Society – thanks to all who contributed.

Much coffee, cakes and chatting!

Many thanks also the Beth from the Coach House and to Margaret, Carol and Janet for running the raffle.

The next coffee morning on Saturday 2 November will be the popular craft fair sponsored by the Rosedale WI. Also there will be another chance to buy the new and colourful Rosedale 2020 calendar at £10 per copy, so come along then, enjoy the coffee, cakes and craft displays and get some early Christmas presents in the bag.

Land of Iron Update – 19 September 2019

The work on the line and kilns has continued apace since the last update. Work to stabilise and add some weather resistance to the Bank Top kilns is now completed.

Bank Top ironstone kilns in their new, stabilised state
A closer view of some of the pointing and new props on the back wall of the kilns

Sean Doughty and his team have also completed the restoration of the line through what was a swamp by Indian Steps by dumping heather bales and re-laying the track on top – an excellent job as you can see:

The restored track beside Indian Steps

The William Birch contractor team are busy on stabilising the southern buttresses of the Iron Kilns by removing vegetation growing in the stone and brick work and then repointing to weather proof the structures:

The remains of Black Houses have been re-pointed
Cherry picking at Iron Kilns

The site manager and foreman (on the left) briefing members of the project team

There is now considerable concern over parts of the Stone Kilns where there has been a major stone fall at bay no 10. Engineers and members of the project team have recently inspected the damage and plans are being made for remedial action to be taken soon.

A recent collapse of part of the inner wall of kiln no 10 at Stone Kilns

Keep watching this space for further updates!

Land of Iron Update – 31 August 2019

Work continues to stabilise and conserve the Bank Top ironstone kilns and it should be finished by mid September. Sean Doughty and his team are busy working their way around the line from Blakey to Reeking Gill, restoring culverts and cutting new ones where necessary as well as diverting the path around the worst of the swampy areas.

Dumping heather bales at the Indian Steps cutting
Erecting scaffolding at the watering station at Blakey prior to restoration work
The Iron Kilns work site as at 1 September 2019
Some testing of lime mortar pointing on the southern buttress of the Iron Kilns

The line remains closed while all this work goes on – just a reminder!

Land of Iron Update – 4 August 2019

As reported earlier, work is well under way on the Bank Top kilns. Now work has started on the northerly of the two sets of kilns at East Mines to stabilise and preserve what is possible with these extensive remains.

Protective fencing has been put up prior to conservation work beginning.

Work to restore the trackway around Dale Head continues and the line remains closed until it is completed.

Line Closure – 8 July to 30 September 2019

Natural England have announced the temporary removal of open access to the old railway line from Reeking Gill around Dale Head to Blakey Junction from 8 July to 30 September to allow essential work to be done restore the path as part of the Land of Iron project- see the flyer for details:

Closure Notice

Signage has been put by NYMNP at 16 access points to the line around the dale.

The Stone Kilns banking as at 7 July 2019