This Exploited Land of Iron - June 2017

20th June 2017

We are working in the North Yorks Moors National Park for the new initiative, 'This Exploited Land of Iron'.

It’s an educational and community programme supported by the HLF, to tell the story of the ironstone mining in the area with a focus on its surviving built heritage, landscape and ecology.

We are assisting in recording and assessing the repair needs of one of the rare, above ground remains, of the Whitby Iron Company’s works at Beckhole. Situated on the banks of the Murk Esk, the remaining bridge pier is in poor condition and needs some conservation repairs. The dilemma, as always, is how far to go to arrest decay whilst not harming the structure and its presentation. We are working alongside Conservation Structural Engineer Robert Thorniley- Walker and together with the programme manager and archaeologist, come up with an outline of what we think is needed to safeguard the structure and improve its presentation.

The project has provided a first for me, when seeing the foundation trial holes slowly filling up with river water... 

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