Situated in the heart of the Esk Valley Grosmont has a significant industrial history. Amenities include a preserved steam railway, a public house, a cafe, a car park, shops, a post office, a picnic area, guest houses and cottages for rent.
Grosmont was originally Grandimont, taking its name from a small priory founded about 1200 which once stood near the north bank of the Esk, but unlike the ironworks, the priory has left no visible sign of its existence. Uncertain too is the exact postion of the ford where the Roman road from the south crossed the river.
However, some notable relics of a far earlier period still remain on the moor about a mile to the east. The weathered monoliths known as the High Bride Stones form a line of five standing and many fallen stones, in close company with the great tumuli marking another ancient route. A second group, the Low Bride Stones, stand on a terrace at a lower level, making a rather confused pattern of smaller standing stones. The meaning and purpose of these prehistoric relics is a matter for the experts, but at least they bear witness to the immense time span of human occupation in this corner of Yorkshire.
During the early part of the 19th century Grosmont became an important centre for the mining and smelting of iron ore. The industry has long since ceased and the furnaces have been demolished but the waste lands still remain between the river and the railway station. Quarries and clay-pits for brickmaking have also contributed to local employment so that Grosmont still carries the unmistakable brand of its industrial past.
In 1835, the Whitby and Pickering Railway, one of the earliest in Yorkshire, was completed between Whitby and Grosmont and soon extended to Pickering. In 1865 the Esk Valley branch arrived to make a junction at Grosmont. This line had started as the north Yorkshire and Cleveland Railway in 1854 and had reached Kildale three years later. The North Eastern Railway Company then took it over and extended it further by leisurely stages until its eventual link-up at Grosmont produced a through route between Teesside and Whitby.
Grosmont became a relatively important junction, and the station was quite a hive of industry in the ensuing years. With the coming of the motor vehicle and the subsequent decline of railways nationwide, the traffic through Grosmont Station became less and less, until finally in 1965, the notorious Dr. Beeching wielded his axe, and the link to York was broken.
On 3rd June 1967 a group of railway enthusiasts banded together to form the North Yorkshire Moors Railway with a view to re-opening the line from Grosmont to Pickering. This objective has been achieved and during the Spring and Summer months there is great activity. Tourists come from all over the country to enjoy what must be one of the most beautiful stretches of railway country in the world.
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Converted Roadman's Living Van providing comfortable and unusual self catering accommodation for two.
Situated between Grosmont and Heartbeat's Goathland, Charlie's Van overlooks the steam railway and is within easy walking distance of 'The World's Best Pub' at Beckhole.
Reminisce about life working as a road mender, while you relax by the stove, waiting for the kettle to boil. Alternatively explore the local area with its many moorland or woodland walks and waterfalls. The perfect escape.
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There is a writers group which meets every other Wednesday in the Crossing club at 8.30pm. Please note that from the 4th of April 2013 it will be every Thursday. More information at http://grosmontwriters.blogspot.co.uk/
There is also a gardening group which meets in the church on the third Wednesday of the month, usually, at 2pm.
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