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Rosedale Community News

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Archive for the ‘Ironstone Mining’ Category

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

Land of Iron Update – Bank Top Kilns

Work has started today, Monday 13 May, on conserving and stabilising the ironstone roasting kilns at Bank Top, Rosedale. Initially, the area around the kilns will be fenced off and scaffolding erected to allow William Birch Ltd to carry out much needed conservation work on these impressive monuments to Rosedale’s ironstone ‘Klondike’ which started here at West Mines in 1856.

A lot of work has been done under the project on the ironstone workings and railway line at East Mines (see previous LoI updates) so it is good to see that West Mines, also known as Low Works, are now getting the same treatment.

Access to the lower car park at Bank Top will be restricted during the period of works so visitors are encouraged to use the upper car park.

Work ongoing as at 17 May 2019

Land of Iron Update – 22 October 2018

If you have been up on the line recently you will have seen some major work completed to stabilise the old track bed by clearing old culverts and making new ones to ensure that water drains away without eroding the track and path.

A new embankment at Blackhouses, filling in the major landslip there.
A restored culvert near Sturdy Bank
A cleared  entrance to the double culvert at the Sturdy Bank embankment

If you are interested in helping out, check the NYMNP website at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk to see what volunteer tasks are planned for next year.

The upstream entrance to the large culvert at Reeking Gill. More work is planned to stabilise the immediate area.

David Ross Foundation Visit – 5 June 2018

David Ross and trustees of his foundation visited Rosedale on Tuesday 5 June 2018 to observe progress on the Land of Iron project, to which the Foundation has contributed £300,000. They were briefed in the Reading Room by Tom Mutton, the project manager, before heading out to East Mines on bicycles to see the work that has been done already and to meet volunteers on task on the line.

David Ross and Foundation trustees with members of the project team.

The intrepid band of cyclists head off to East Mines.

Just a reminder that the famous artist, Andy Goldsworthy, will be giving a talk on the art works he has been creating in Northdale, in the Updale Reading Room on Wednesday 13 June starting at 7.00pm

Land of Iron Consultancy Visit – 13 April 18

The ‘This Exploited Land Of Iron’ project has been re-named to just Land of Iron (see new logo at top right on our home page).

As part of the project, representatives from Historic England, the contracting consultants Align and the National Park Authority yesterday visited the two main roasting kilns sites to decided on detailed plans for the conservation work which is due to start now in 2019.

At the Stone Kilns, East Mines

The kilns at Bank Top

The work done to stabilise the old track bed at East Mines is maturing nicely, as is the revetting work done by volunteers further down the line. Also, the work to clear the entrance to the culvert at Reeking Gill has held up over winter. Once the weather improves, the surface of the trackbed from Reeking Gill back to the kilns will be restored and repaired.

Land of Iron Public Consultation – 12 December 2017

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