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6. Ingleby Greenhow Church

From the village of Kildale you can take the Baysdale road and park at the top just before this minor road turns sharp left to descend into Baysdale.

See also Ingleby Moor and Greenhow Moor

A wintery scene on the path running south from the top of the Baysdale road.

 

You get great views to the west of the Cleveland Hills and to the north, of the Cleveland Plain

 

Heading south towards Burton Howe.

 

The remains of a cross between Burton Howe and Bloworth Crossing.

 

The same scene in deep winter and autumn.

 

The prominent Burton Howe, on the return looking northwards.

 

The Cleveland Hills

 

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A few sheep scavenging in the snow for the meagre supply of cross.

 

North of Bloworth Crossing the bed of the old mineral railway track is still plainly visible and now forms part of a footpath. The railway once ran right across the Moors to Blakey Ridge and down into, and around, the ironstone mines of Rosedale.

 

The railway reaches the edge of the moor tops where on the OS map it says "Incline Top" (Bank Top?, see above/below). The wagons of iron ore were lowered down the inline using a gravity system.

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Looking down the track bed of incline, and the railway tracks eventually ran to Battersby Junction Station and on to the blast furnaces on Teesside.

 

Evening light on the Cleveland Hills.


Ingleby Greenhow Church

View from the north of St Andrew's Church, Ingleby Greenhow, which dates from at least the mid-12th century i.e. of Norman origin. The church is not mentioned in the Domesday survey book of 1086 but, Englebi (Ingleby), Badresbi (Battersby) and Camisdale (Greenhow) are mentioned. It is a low, rather squat church with a narrow tower and bell-turret, never-the-less, if not a spectacular piece of architecture, it is an interesting church well worth a visit. The tower was built and rebuilt from the 14th to the 16th century.

 

The whole church was very much rebuilt in 1741, but much of the original Norman stonework was re-used (sometimes re-tooled) The Norman chancel and nave, and on the left, the five arches and bays of the Norman north aisle arcade. The style in places does seem pre-conquest i.e. Anglo-Saxon, but such styles persisted into the early Norman period, perhaps because the skilled masons were familiar with them?

 

Looking through the Norman chancel arch west down into the nave. The chancel was built in the 13th century. Some of the columns of the arcade are round in cross-section but some are octagonal.

 

The effigy of a knight

 

 

The effigy of ? and part of a tombstone.

 

A striking stained glass window - "I am Alpha and Omega"

 

The next six pictures show some of the unusual ornamented carvings on the capitals of the columns of the north aisle arcade arches. Pevsner thinks they may be 19th century, but surely they would look less 'weathered'? Its difficult to make out what they are, but they seems to be grotesque figures-heads, wild beasts, sea monsters - take your pick!

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