Cleveland South Skelton Mine - Cleveland

South Skelton Mine - Cleveland

SKU 19506
Weight 0.20 kg


Simon Chapman, A5, PB, 128pp

South Skelton Mine was started when the railway made its way from Guisborough to Brotton. The site stands a few yards from the line of the Cleveland Railway as was. Until recently many of the original buildings existed, now just a few remain. Simon, through painstaking and detailed research has put together the complex jigsaw that is the story of mining in this area. The mine was owned at one time by the lessors of the ironstone on which it stands, later, Bolckow, Vaughan took it on and still later in the 20th century it became part of Dorman Long’s ironstone mining portfolio. By 1954, with costs rising and reduced government subsidies for home ore production, the mine was doomed. So after 89 years of operation it closed. In many ways it was unique, this is well documented in Simon Chapman’s brilliant study, which also encompasses the Boosbeck Mine and the nearby village of Boosbeck. Students of mining history will want to acquire this book and dip into it over and again.

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