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Heritage links moors to mines
North York Moors
The beauty of the landscape hides past industrial activities

The lost heritage of former mining villages is being celebrated in a new project spearheaded by the North York Moors National Park.

Rosedale, Port Mulgrave and Great Ayton are now seen as popular beauty spots.

But behind the natural landscape associated with the national park, they were once a hive of industrial activity.

Now park chiefs want to hear from people who can remember the area in its former industrial heyday.

Community life

National park archaeologist Graham Lee said: "We know very little of what life was really like in these communities when the mines were active.

"Yet many of the villages in the national park have evolved from mining activities and they are an important part of our heritage.

Great Ayton was the centre of considerable mining activity. Ayton Banks mine closed in 1926 and the Ayton Monument mine operated from 1909 to 1928.

Ironstone mining took place in Rosedale from 1856 until 1926 with a standard gauge railway linking the mines to the North Eastern Railway at Battersby Junction.

"These activities were important to the growth of the iron and steel industry of Teesside in the 19th and early 20th centuries," said Mr Lee.

"It is interesting to reflect that the - now entirely rural - moors and Teesside have a shared industrial heritage."

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