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10. Commondale and Environs

10a. Mason marks on the old railway bridge

The buttresses of the disused railway bridge at Commondale, in the left picture, the very much used railway bridge of the Middlesbrough-Whitby Esk valley Line lies beyond the disused bridge.


All of these mason marks ('Masonic motifs' of stonemasons) have been carved into the walls of the bridge supports of the disused railway bridge, whose track once ran into Commondale Brickworks.

10b. Commondale Bricks

Its hard to imagine there was a large brickworks operating in Commondale producing the very hard characteristic red bricks.


10c. A lonely War Memorial


The stone in Remembrance to Guardsmen Robbie Leggott killed in action 1916 and Alf Cockerill died of wounds 1914 stands above Commondale Village on the south-west of Skeldersceugh Moor - North Ings Moor - Commondale Moor


10d. prehistoric stone alignment near Hob on the Hill

This line of earthen bank and standing stones is found between OS grid 645121 to 645124 and runs just east, and parallel to, the Commondale - Guisborough bridleway.

This is a very impressive stone alignment.


The bank is not defensive and is presumably a Bronze Age territorial boundary marker.


One of the lower stones has a cross inscribed on it.

10e. Boundary Stones and Hob Cross

Hob-on-the-Hill OS grid ref. NZ 646125

Carved on it is RC 1798, the RC refers to Robert Chaloner Esq. Lord of the Manor and member of Parliament for York.


Between Hob on the Hill and Hob Cross is another boundsary stone marked one side with SK AWD 1814 and TC 1856/1866? (I think?)


The track running north from Hob-on-the-Hill down to Hob Cross


The quite large stone of Hob Cross at NZ 646134, also marked with RC 1798.

Hob Cross is not a medieval cross, but an estate boundary marker from, at the earliest, the late 16th century, but probably dates from the 18th century.

10f. Stone Trods - Pannier Ways

This stone trod - pannier way - packhorse route ... runs from north of Castleton to Guisborough and dates back to the monastic period after the Norman conquest.


When it reaches the Lockwood Beck - Castleton Road you look down on the completely natural Freeborough Hill.

10g. ?


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