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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

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.


Rosedale History Society Village Walk 10 June

Linda Chambers about to set off on the village history walk with her co-guide, the Prince of Wales!

A Rosedale History Walk took place on Sunday with a leisurely stroll around Rosedale Abbey until the black cloud burst overhead and we all ran for cover! Local residents and visitors were treated to a mix of stories, facts and archive photos, which was very well received.
Our next walk will be to Thorgill and Sheriff’s Pit on Sunday 15 July, starting at the White Horse Farm Inn car park, Chimney Bank at 1pm and finishing back at the pub at around 4.30pm. The distance is around 5 miles and weatherproof clothing and strong walking boots are strongly recommended – details on http://rosedale.ryedaleconnect.org.uk or click on the Rosedale History Society link in the history section of the rosedale abbey website, or tel. 417071.

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