NZ7619 : Post Box, Boulby

taken 13 years ago, near to Boulby, Redcar And Cleveland, Great Britain

Post Box, Boulby
Post Box, Boulby
Looking east towards Cowbar Nab and Staithes. The large house is the former alum house, now a private residence. It once comprised several ranges of single storey buildings. This three storey building was probably a store for barrels of the finished product. Later it was used as a stable for the ironstone mine. Liquid alum was culverted from the workings to the alum house where further refining took place. Somewhere on the "lawn" this side of the house (to the right of the post box) a vertical shaft was sunk in 1683 leading to a tunnel at the bottom of the cliff 100' below. A horse gin would have operated to drop the barrels of alum down to waiting boats. The shaft would also have been used to haul up the urine from the streets of London needed for the crystallization process. There is no sign of the shaft today.
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Tuesday, 27 December, 2005   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 27 December, 2005
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 760 190 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:33.6322N 0:49.5749W
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