The Industrial Past
The natural purple of the heather moors disguise the Industrial history of the area.
Those with a keen eye and an interest in Industrial
archaeology will see that the face of the moors has been
scarred by mining. Indeed, the village of Danby developed
as a community to exploit the coal deposits that had been
discovered. However once higher grade coal was discovered
in Durham and man acquired the ability to develop deep
mines, the mines of Danby became uneconomical to run which
brought about their decline and eventual closure.
Visitors will also discover the long abandoned remains of processing works, quarries and even tram tracks carved into the rock of the foreshore which were used for horse drawn carts to follow when covered by the tide.
Iron ore was a major factor in the railway coming to the
North Yorkshire Moors.
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