Aireyholme Farm

Where the young James Cook lived and where his farther was a farm labourer. Although there is a local belief that the Cook family actual cottage was a little distance away from the main farm. Next month there is to be a geophysical survey to try to identify the site of this cottage.

Cook senior’s employer, Thomas Skottowe, paid for the young James to attend the school in the village where he learnt the three ‘R’s: reading, riting and rithmetic which would prove so useful to him in his later life.

Great Ayton’s Gents Urinal

Is this the smallest Grade II listed building? A cast iron Victorian gents’ urinal. Originally one of three in the village, this one was situated on Station Road and was relocated in Waterfall Park in 1998. It’s sealed up so it can’t be used.

Carlton Bank

A bright sunny day over the vale of Cleveland without a cloud in the sky. But Raisdale and Bilsdale to the south had plenty of fog which overflowed down Carlton Bank. Quite a dramatic site.

The photo was taken from a spot on the Busby road with the super name of Rolling Pin Gate.

Last of the Winter Sun

Cold Moor, a narrow ridge of heather moor overlooking Raisdale. The ruin, built with dressed stones against a boulder, was probably a shepherd’s hut.

Richmond Racecourse

Horse racing on Low Moor, Richmond, dates from the seventeenth century. As a racecourse it was abandoned in 1891 as the bends were too tight for the modern racehorses being selectively bred. It is now Open Access Land comprising rough grassland and is still used for exercising horses.

The plaque above the boarded window states that this building was erected in 1814 by W.S. Goodburne Esq., Mayor, and probably housed the starters.

Kep, Cliff Rigg Incline

The ruined wall is the top of the self acting incline used to haul wagons of ironstone down the escarpment at the Cliff Rigg end of Newton Wood. It is known as a “kep”; the snow accentuates the profile. A rake of wagons full of iron ore was lowered down the incline by a steel rope wrapped around a brake drum off to the right in the photo. The other end of the steel rope pulled up a rake of empty wagons which, once they passed over the lip of the kep, was prevented from descending back down the slope.

A tramway across the fields and up Aireyholme Lane connected the incline to the Roseberry Ironstone Mine which ceased operation in 1926.

The Clock Tower, Wallington Hall

A second visit to this National Trust property in just over a week. This is the Clock Tower Gate providing the entrance to the courtyard and hall. A Grade I listed building it was designed originally as a chapel in 1754 by Daniel Garrett (no relation as far as I know).