28 Mar 2013

Beach cart tracks...

In the 17 and 1800s Runswick beach would have been an industrious place. The alum industry, jet mining and even an iron smelting plant have all left their mark on the cliffs or, in this case, the beach. Supplies for the Kettleness alum works would have come in by boat: flat bottomed ships that would beach in shallow 'harbours' cut into the rocky beach. Horse-drawn carts would unload the barrels of supplies and take the finished alum fixative to market. Over the years the regular use cut grooves into the softer shale:

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