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I am a retired cost engineer/IT manager and am now concentrating on the Outdoor Activities sector. I am a qualified Mountain Leader and licensed orienteering and athletics coach based in North Yorkshire and am available for freelance work anywhere in the UK but principally in the North of England.

My full profile is available on my LinkedIn page at http://uk.linkedin.com/in/mickgarratt

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  1. Hey Mick, I was in the woods today. I am trying to find the source of the stone for Cook’s Cottage – and I guess all the other older buildings in Great Ayton. I think the sandstone used for these buildings may lie above the Great Whin Sill quarried in the woods. What do you reckon? There seems to be a sandstone quarry face high up opposite the working of the sill stone

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    1. Hi Tim, at first I assumed you meant the site of the supposed Cook’s family cottage above Aireyholme. But I guess you mean the cottage that was sold to Australia. Stone for the village buildings would have been quarried from the sandstone layer on the edge of the moors. I’ve read there were at least 12 quarries between Capt Cook’s monument and Roseberry. Including on Roseberry itself. I’m not sure if it would be possible to identify a particular quarry. There is a poorer quality sandstone layer (Cockle Scar) and the ironstone layer but neither have are suitable for building I believe. The whinstone from the Cliff Rigg quarry is exceptionally hard and was used for road surfaces although Undercliffe was built from this stone. Hope this helps. I notice your email address is mmu.ac.uk. My son’s at Manchester Met doing history. Small world. Regards Mick

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      1. Hi Mick. Thanks so much for you prompt reply. Yes I am an academic – a human geographer – at MMU. I hope your son is enjoying his time there. However, most of the time, I am at Melbourne University, hence my interest in Cook’s Cottage. I intend to write a book about building stone in Melbourne – where it has come from over the past two centuries, amongst other things. That’s why I wanted to track the quarry down, but as you say, this is probably impossible – though we certainly know it would have been very local. I thought I might have found it at the quarry face opposite the Whin Sill in Cliff Ridge Wood! Any other info you come across please let me know. Best wishes, Tim

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