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Glaisdale Village
and Carr End

Contents:

Local Amenities
Location Map
Accommodation in Glaisdale
Businesses in Glaisdale
Local Sights
Community Groups
Heritage (History, Geology & Archaeology)


Looking towards the village of Glaisdale

Looking down upon Glaisdale

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Glaisdale village is an ironstone mining village of the 19th Century with attractive terraces of slate-roofed cottages, wide verges and greens that clings to the hillside on the western side of the dale just south of the River Esk.

Local Amenities

A picturesque village set at the mouth of Glaisdale.

Glaisdale village is to be found at the mouth of Glaisdale forming a larger community with Carr End , amenities available include:

  • Place of worship - St Thomas C of E
  • public house
  • public phone box
  • village Post office
  • Glaisdale Station on the Middlesbrough to Whitby main line

There is a quiz night at the Arncliffe Arms every Sunday night at 8:00 pm. All Welcome.

The prefix of the Post Code for Glaisdale is YO21-2.

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Glaisdale is located in grid C2

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Accommodation in Glaisdale

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Businesses in Glaisdale

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Local Sights

Glaisdale is still an important centre to the North Yorks Moors farming community.

Nearby to the river bridge is the Railway station and trains run between Whitby and Middlesbrough on a regular basis. On the other side of the river is a road that goes up a steep bank called 'Limber Hill'. This road then leads to the village of Egton. Travelling in the opposite direction the road at the bottom of Limber Hill will take the visitor back out to the main Whitby to Guisborough road, (The A171).  

Glaisdale is still an important centre to the North Yorks Moors farming community. Two of the main North Yorkshire sheep sales are held here in the fall and this is the main time that 'store lambs' and breeding sheep are sold to buyers mainly from the lowlands who take them to their farms where they can be more easily fattened for the meat trade.


Glaisdale village tries to hide in a veil of mist

Glaisdale in the mist

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Farming is still a major part of the rural economy here, as it is in the rest of the north yorks moors, and helps to shape the landscape that we know as the countryside today.
The drystone walls that are typical of the field boundaries in the moors were originally built from the stones that had been dragged to the borders of the fields when the land was cleared and ploughed. A well built dry stone wall should last more than a hundred years, if it is built correctly, and is not subject to undermining by streams, drains or moles.
When the visitor looks across the dales they may notice that the drystone walls tend to follow a particular line along the dale. This line that they follow was the original 'snow line' when the fields were initially cultivated and was adopted as the field boundary.

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Community Groups

The following is are details of local none profit making Community Service Group or Registered Charitable Organisation, serving this community.

There are many community groups serving the area and it our intention to bring you details of their activities, if you are an organiser or member of a group or organisation and would like to see your details here, please contact us on enquiries@eskvalley.com

Catherine Harland Webster School of Dancing

The Catherine Harland Webster School of Dance provides classes for children aged 4 to 18 Years in many styles of dance including; ballet, tap, freestyle, hip-hop, musical theatre, acrobatics , & cheer leading. Adult classes are available upon request.
Classes are in Glaisdale at the Robinson Institute on Tuesdays from 4:00pm - 9:00 pm, and in Castleton at the Village Hall on Fridays also from 4:00pm - 9:00pm.
Contact: Catherine Harland Webster on Tel: 01947897761 Mob: 07855932657.

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Heritage

Research is currently being carried out to bring you further details of the heritage of Glaisdale.

There are two bridges that cross the river; one where the present road crosses the river which is constructed chiefly of metal, and the other known locally as 'Beggar's Bridge; This is an attractive high arched stone-built packhorse bridge which is just downstream of the first was built in 1619 by Thomas Ferries the son of a local moorland farmer.

It is said that whilst courting Agnes, the daughter of a well-to-do landowner who thought that poor Thomas was beneath his daughter, Thomas had to swim across the Esk to see her.
Thomas decided that the only way to find his fortune and thus please Agnese's Father was to go to sea. The night before his departure, the river was so high that he was unable to meet Agnes to say his farewells. Legend has it that he swore that upon his return he would build a bridge on that very spot.
Thomas was true to his word with the bridge is still standing but no longer in use, except as a footbridge. A short film has been made based on this tale.

The picturesque Beggars Bridge at Glaisdale

Beggars Bridge

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Because iron ore was abundant in the surrounding hills three blast furnaces were built here in 1869. In time they were unable to compete economically with steelworks that had easier access to iron ore and coke and inevitably the blast furnaces were closed down in 1875.

Glaisdale was also an important trading centre. So important was it that an Irish engineer was commissioned to build a railway to it. This project ran out of money before it was completed and various unfinished cuttings and embankments can be seen on the moors along the planned route. These remains are affectionately known locally as 'Paddy Waddle's Railway'.

If you have any knowledge or have information about local history, folklore, Geology & Archaeology which you think would be of interest to other please contact us.

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