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Beck Hole

Beck Hole is a small hamlet lying on the banks of the Murk Esk between the villages of Goathland and Grosmont

A view of Beck Hole

Beck Hole was founded in the 13th century when the Forest of Pickering was cleared. Originally known as 'Amerholm' it was first recorded in the late 16th century and was at that time a single farmstead. A 'fulling' mill was also in operation at this time. A 'fulling' mill is where the oils and dirt are removed from the shorn wool so that it is ready to be carded and spun. Little changed as centuries passed. Beck Hole was linked to the village of Goathland and the nearest market at Egton by a stone causeway, or 'Trod', parts of which you can still walk on today. it wasn't until 1868 that it was decided to extend the hard road to Beck Hole.
Many of the structures in the village are listed buildings, and various industries have taken place here including furnaces, coal and iron ore mining and railway work. At one time the village was quite an industious place but slowly the mines closed and furnaces went the same way after one furnace developed a fault. Eventually the workers left the area and found other work and the cottages that they lived in were dismantled and the stone removed to be used to build Malton Railway Station. At one time there were two public houses in Beck Hole but as the population dwindled one closed and now only one, (Birch Hall), remains.

An image of Beck Hole

A more detailed history and events happening in Beck Hole can be found at http://www.beckhole.info/home.htm

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