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.
A public consultation on the proposed conservation measures on Rosedale’s ironstone roasting kilns was held last night, 12 December, in the Coach House Inn. The session was very well attended by 28 local people and there was lively discussion on several topics after stimulating presentations by representatives from the project office and the archaeological and engineering agencies involved with the proposed works.
Tom Mutton, the TELI project manager outlines progress on the project.
Details of how to volunteer to help out in the programme of works on the line in 2018 can be found at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/landofiron
A group of local volunteers, armed with buckets and spades on Saturday 28 October, dug down through the mud and discovered the original upstream entrance to the Reeking Gill culvert, with Shaun Doughty having used a digger to clear the site (see previous update on 4 October). Work will now continue to shift the rest of the debris from the entrance and expose more of the large stone archway. Muscle power and determination won the day and well done to all.
The entrance exposed at last!
Work has also been done to clear some of the smaller culverts along the old railway line so that water no longer builds up and threatens the integrity of the track bed.
A cleared culvert near Nab Scar
A fuller progress report will be given around the New Year, so that all can see how this marvellous project is progressing. Meanwhile please look at the NYMNPA call for volunteers poster and join in.
Work on the Land Of Iron project continues apace in Rosedale. The repair done to the track at Stone Kilns is greening up nicely and will be barely visible from a distance by this time next year:
Trackway repair as at 4 October 2017
New, bigger interpretation boards have been placed at the three kiln sites:
Stone Kilns Board
Work is currently ongoing to clear the upsteam entrance to the major culvert under Reeking Gill to prevent the dangerous build up of water behind the embankment:
Shaun Dougherty at work
By courtesy of the proprietor, there will be a coffee morning in the Coach House Inn on Saturday 7 October between 10.00 and 12.00 am in aid of the Rosedale History Society, As well as the ever popular cake sales and raffle, there will be displays of archive photographs and information on family, social and industrial history of the dale. There will also be an update on the This Exploited Land of Iron project.
Coffee and good company
Any donations for the raffle would be gratefully received, but above all come along and enjoy the company, chat and excellent coffee and cakes
Sometime in the early hours of Thursday 28 September, a quad bike was deliberately burned out on the path at the northern end of the graveyard in Rosedale Abbey.
Burned Out Quadbike
The incident has been reported to the police and if anyone has further information that may be useful, North Yorkshire Police ask that they ring the 101 non-emergency number and quote Log No 51 of 28 September 2017.
Also if anyone has information on what happened to the old village sign by the graveyard gate, would they please contact their local parish councilor, or if they believe that criminal action was involved then they should contact the same 101 telephone number.
Over twenty members of the Updale WI gathered for an open meeting in the Reading Room to hear a talk by Iain Kelly, the House and Collections Manager for the National Trust and based at Nunnington Hall. Iain outlined the changing attitudes in the NT to conservation, using examples from Nunnington and other properties in the North. He ended with a fascinating description of the conservation and cleaning of the tapestries in Nunnington, which included them having to be sent to the Continent for specialist cleaning before being returned to the National Trust’s textile conservation studios in Norfolk.
Iain Kelly from the National Trust
The WI in Rosedale have an extensive programme of similar talks and events throughout the year and those interested in joining should contact Lorrie Westwood on 01751 417120
As part of the This Exploited Land of Iron project, all the major relics, artifacts and buildings are being recorded in three dimensions so that accurate models and computer images can be produced. This involves taking multiple photographs of all aspects of the target and then creating the final 3D image using powerful software programmes.
On your way home on Wednesday evening, 14 June, you may have seen some activity at the kilns at Bank Top where members of the TELI team were recording the detail of the kilns with cameras and a drone.
Tom Mutton, the TELI project manager with Rory the drone pilot at Bank Top kilns
Maria Calderon imaging the inside of the kilns. Do not try this yourselves, folks!
The repair to the trackway at the stone kilns at East Mines is maturing nicely with the grass that was seeded in the sandbags now sprouting well.
Grass sprouting from the sandbags in the gabions