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4. Commondale (1) Scenes around the village

The Cleveland Inn, Commondale,

Scenes around the Upper Esk Valley, North Yorkshire, England

See also Commondale (2) A circular walk via Hob on the Hill * Commondale (3) Circular walk from Castleton

The small village-hamlet of Commondale viewed from the Commondale-Castleton road.

 

Looking down on Commondale - ex cottages for miners or brick workers in the centre of the picture.

 

The War Memorial.

 

The old school of Commondale, now converted into a private house, built of Commondale bricks, the brickworks was just across the road. Note St Peter's Church up on the right on the road up from Commondale to White Cross.

A stone trod (or pannier way, packhorse track) enters the village above the war memorial and comes from high above on the moor from the White Cross direction. This would be an ancient medieval trackway.

 

 1 Coronation Cottage? As you walk out up the Kildale/Stokesley road you pass one of the fine houses built of the characteristic Commondale red brick, once made a few hundred metres behind the house at the Cleveland Fire Brick and Pottery Company between 1860 and 1950. Little trace of the great brickworks survives. Its hard to imagine there was a large brickworks operating in Commondale producing the very hard characteristic red bricks but at least some of the houses preserve the output of the brick factory.

 

More Commondale bricks! The playground of the old schoolhouse is now a well tended and attractive garden and the Crossley Memorial Institute of 1923 is now the village hall.

 

Ness Terrace, made of Commondale bricks, (also known as Brick Row)?

 

St Peter's Church Commondale, worth a call in.

 

The modest but pleasing interior of this modest rural church of St Peter, Commondale. PLEASE leave a donation for the upkeep of this church.

 

 

The east stained glass window (left) of St Peter's Church Commondale.

The north window (right), recalls the tradition of St Colman resting in this Commondale at the time of the Synod of Whitby. St Colman was a Bishop of Lindisfarne and died in AD 676. This window is a thank-offering given in celebration of the lives of Harold and Doris Artley.

 

Commondale Station is still open on the Esk Valley Railway.

 

Old Post Office Tea Rooms (NOT open?) or The Cleveland Inn (which is still open!).

 

An Esk Valley Railway train near Commondale Village.

 

The holiday cottages and farm at Foul Green.

 

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.

 

Stone mason marks on the remains of the brickworks bridge.

 

Its hard for trees to grown on the wild moorland above Commondale village - sheep and the wind blown weather usually prevail!

 

 

Looking down onto Commondale from above the row of ex old miners cottages- the road to Kildale is on the left.

 

Looking north over Commondale from Commondale Moor, a gentle rolling rural setting where you would have once seen a large brickworks! (now almost all trace of this industry in Commondale has gone!)

 

A Commondale Coffee Morning and Craft Fair, a warm welcome guaranteed!

 

A bit of street art at White Cross 'bus shelter at the top of the road down to Commondale

 

See also Commondale (2) A circular walk via Hob on the Hill * Commondale (3) Circular walk from Castleton

 

 

The Old Post Office Tea Rooms, Commondale

Commondale Village nestling quietly in the North York Moors

Commondale can be reached by railway train on the beautiful Esk Valley Middlesbrough to Whitby Line.

Commondale Village, North York Moors, North Yorkshire: The Old Post Office Tea Rooms (is it still open?), by the war memorial in the centre of the quiet village of Commondale nestling in the North York Moors, England, provides refreshment when out walking. Commondale can be reached by railway train on the beautiful River Esk Valley Middlesbrough to Whitby Line in North Yorkshire.

The Cleveland Inn, Commondale,

call in at St Peter's Church for two fine pieces of stained glass window

There is a lovely bridle path walk to Castleton village at any time of the year.

The Cleveland Inn, Commondale, provides an alternative break point when walking in this area of North Yorkshire. Just up the hill call in at St Peter's Church for two fine pieces of stained glass window. The church is built of red Commondale brick from the Commondale brickworks of ~ 1850-1950 of which barely a trace remains. There is a bridle path walk to Castleton village, lovely at any time of the year.

 

See also Commondale (2) A circular walk via Hob on the Hill * Commondale (3) Circular walk from Castleton

 

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