I am standing on one of the spoil tips for Spa Wood Ironstone Mine looking east over the East Cleveland hamlet of Charltons. The sites of three more ironstone mines can be seen in the valley below: Stanghow, South Skelton and Boosbeck. In addition Aysdalegarth and Slapewath were just off to the right and the smoke from Lingdale would have been just visible from just over the brow of the hill. It must have been a noisy and smelly place in the early years of the 20th century.

Charltons is the rows of cottages on the right built by Thomas Charlton for miners at his Slapewath mine. Margrove Park is right of centre and the village of Boosbeck is far left.

Charltons map


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