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Rosedale History Society Presentation – 2 December 2018

As today, Sunday 2 December, was the last tea and chat meeting of the Society for 2018, the members presented Carol Cockerill and Margaret Truran with early Christmas presents in grateful thanks for the delicious tea and cakes they provide for the meetings throughout the year and which are such a well known feature of these events!

Carol and Margaret with Janet Dring (Chair) and Linda Chambers (Secretary)

The next regular meeting of the Society will be on Sunday 6 January, from 2.00 to 4.00pm in the Updale Reading Room – all are most welcome and in the meantime a very Happy Christmas and a stimulating New Year to everyone.

Rosedale History Walk – 23 June 2013

Pointing The Way

Pointing The Way

The Rosedale History Society will be running another of its popular history walks on Sunday 23 June, starting from Rosedale Abbey village green at 2.00pm. The route will go from there up into Northdale via Duker Bridge and Bell End, returning by Hanging Stone House, Stonebank and Heygate, then back to the village by around 5.00pm.

The route may change subject to weather conditions, but all walkers should have weatherproof clothing, proper hiking footwear and are encouraged to bring water with them.

There is no need to book places and there is no charge for the walk; however, donations are gratefully accepted to help the work of the Rosedale History Society. Further details can be obtained from the Secretary RHS on 01751 417071 or e-mail  rosedalehistory@hotmail.co.uk .

Rosedale Hill Climbs Talk 26 April 2013

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Paul Hayward, local motor sport historian

Paul Hayward, local motor sport historian

Paul Hayward, a local motor sport historian, gave a most interesting talk last night on the history of the once nationally famous hill climbs held on Chimney Bank in the the 1920s.

The event, which was sponsored by the Rosedale History Society and held in the the History Room of the White Horse Farm Inn by kind permission of Christine and Jim, was attended by over 30 people, both local and visitors to the dale, with £62 being raised in donations to the Next Steps mental health charity.

The Rosedale History Society holds more information on the hill climbs. Come and see it at the next Tea and Chat meeting of the Society which will be at the Updale Reading Room on Sunday 5 May from 2 to 4 pm.


Please contact Secretary for further details
tel 01751 417071
(walk duration is approximate)
SUNDAY 14 APRIL.   2.00p.m. (1 hour +)
 starting on Village Green.
SUNDAY 19 MAY.      2.00p.m. (2-3 hrs)
 starting at White Horse car park
SUNDAY 23 JUNE.    2.00p.m. (3 hours)
NORTHDALE via Northdale Beck
 starting Rosedale Abbey Village Green
SUNDAY 21 JULY     1.00p.m. (4 hours)
 starting at School Row, Updale
SUNDAY 25 AUGUST  2.00p.m. (1 hour +)
 starting on Village Green.
SAT 14- SUN15 SEPTEMBER  Walking Festival
 History Walk – one of a series of themed walks
(4 hours +)  DAY & TIME t.b.a.
 starting at White Horse car park.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (A small charge will be made for all festival walks).


A 1913 Chalmers on Chimney Bank

A 1913 Chalmers on Chimney Bank, competing in the Flying Scotsman Rally, 13 March 2010

The Rosedale History Society presents an illustrated talk entitled “Rosedale Hill Climbs – Endeavour and Crowds 100 Years Ago” on the subject of the then nationally famous Rosedale Chimney Bank hill climbs, to be given by Paul Hayward, a local motor historian, in the History Room at the White Horse Farm Inn on Friday 26 April 2013 at 8.00 pm.


History Visit to York

On Monday 11 June, the Rosedale Art Group and History Society combined for a private tour of Fairfax House and the exhibition of Views Of York – 1610 to the Present Day and which is on until 31 August. The exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of the granting of York’s first charter by King John.

The tour of the fascinating Georgian town house, described as the finest of its type in England, was conducted by the Director of the York Civic Trust, Peter Brown, who wove an informative and amusing tale of the history for the building, concluding with the exhibition of pictures of York on loan from the British Museum, British Library, the York Art Gallery and from private individuals.

The Rosedale visitors enjoying some pink champagne at the end of the tour.

Anyone interested in the the history and development of the county’s ‘capital city’ should visit Fairfax House which is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and 12.30 to 4 pm on Sundays throughout the summer. There are guided tours at 11 am and 2pm, with no booking required. For more details go to www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk

Midge Hole Pond Dig 29 May 2012

The pond site with work about to start

Paul Metcalfe was joined by a team of volunteers, members of the Rosedale History Society and Claire Shields from the NYMNP to dig out the old pond by the side of the road beside the farm.

The team hard at work clearing and recording the site

The diggers efforts were overseen by the archaeologist Shaun Richardson. The intention was to clear out the overgrown pond and discover if any artefacts were recoverable, prior to the stone walling expert, John Randall from Westerdale, rebuilding the pond walls over the next few weeks.

The site later in the afternoon, showing the progress achieved

UPDATE: the pond as at 5 June, showing the liner and progress on the walls:

The pond now filling with water


A new leat under construction

Update 2: the pond as at 23 June, with the back wall now under construction and the pond filling up nicely.

Midge Hole pond as at 23 June 2012

Rosedale History Walk 9 May 2012

Paul Hudson, the weatherman on Look North was right and the rain stayed off for the Rosedale History Society walk around East Mines today, Wednesday 9 May. Five guests (midweek and a bad weather forecast) were shown the sites of the East Mines and had the local geology, industrial history and social history explained to them.

History Walkers with Linda Chambers at East Mines

The next walk will be on Sunday 10 June, starting on the village green at 2.00pm and will cover the history of the village. The next one after that will be on Sunday 15 July starting from the White Horse Farm Inn at 1.00pm and will go via Medd’s Farm to Sherrif’s Pit, then to Bank Top and back down Chimney Bank, in all about 5 miles and will last 3.5 to 4 hours. For further details contact the Secretary of the Rosedale History Society on 01751 417071 or rosedalehistory@hotmail.co.uk

History Walks 2012



We start our programme of history walks NEXT SUNDAY, 15 APRIL with a walk from The White Horse on Chimney Bank (car park) starting at 2.00 p.m. lasting approximately 2 hours. We will take in the track towards Hollins and then up the dale side onto the moor to Ana Cross. We will then walk to Bank Top and across the kilns and railway terminus site and down onto the Thorgill road or descend Chimney Bank, depending on prevailing weather conditions! This walk takes in some important industrial sites but there will be plenty of social history too. You will be able to see archive photographs of the various locations and perhaps take some good photographs yourselves, with some excellent views across the valley and Spaunton Moor on offer.

Please contact us by ‘phone for further details and/or go to the history link on www.rosedaleabbey.com

The full programme of walks is as follows:



SUNDAY 15 APRIL. 2.00p.m. (2 hrs)

HOLLINS, ANA CROSS & BANK TOP, starting at White Horse car park.

WED. 9 MAY. 2.00p.m. (2-3 hrs)

EAST MINES & DALE HEAD, starting at

School Row, Updale.

SUNDAY 10 JUNE. 2.00p.m. (1 hr +)

ROSEDALE ABBEY VILLAGE WALK starting on Village Green.

SUNDAY 15 JULY 1.00p.m. (3-4 hrs)


PIT, starting at White Horse car park.

SUNDAY 12 AUGUST 1.00p.m. (3hrs)

NORTHDALE via Douker and Bell End starting Rosedale Abbey Village Green

WED 12 SEPTEMBER 10.30a.m. (approx.5 hrs with bookable lunch stop)


starting Rosedale Abbey Village Green.

Contact Sec. on: rosedalehistory@hotmail.co.uk

or : 01751 417071 to book walks and for further details. http://rosedale.ryedaleconnect.org.uk

March Picture of the Month – Beautiful North Yorkshire

Mr Chambers camera work has made Photo of the Month again on Beautiful North Yorkshire.

Click here to see the image

MARCH: Aine Howe Cross on Spaunton Moor by
Patrick Chambers, of Rosedale Abbey. Howe is 
an old English word meaning “mound” or “tumulus.” 
The cross stands on a Bronze age burial 
mound close by the ancient drovers’ route from 
Lastingham to Rosedale Abbey. Three more mounds 
appear on the far horizon. More of Patrick’s work 
can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/hectorpatrick

You can see many more of Patrick’s beautiful images populating the Our Rosedale  web site too.