Quakers’ Causeway

One of the best preserved pannierways on the North York Moors. It crosses Commondale Moor in a south westerly direction to White Cross. Its true purpose is not known. And difficult to date with any degree of confidence. Perhaps it is one of the pannierways mentioned in the foundation document of Guisborough Priory in the 12th century for the transport of wool to the markets of York and Malton. Perhaps it was fish and salt from along the coast at the mouth of the Tees and bound inland to the abbeys at Rievaulx and Rosedale. Or lime from the Tabular Hills northbound. Almost certainly its construction had monastic involvement. Only they had the resources needed to quarry, transport and lay the flags. But what is certain is that the association to the Quaker movement is a much more recent invention.




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