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I’ve posted photos of Roseberry Topping before, but it’s such an icon of our area I’m attracted to it again and again. Its unmistakable shape can be seen from all around. The unusual shape at the top we see today dates to just before WW1, when mining and the presence of a geological fault, caused the western slope to collapse. I’ve got a little series of 3 photos showing something different from what I’ve shown before.

We were walking in what now seems was our “summer” in April. It was the day before Good Friday and I remember it was very warm right through Easter for a change. This shot shows the Roseberry “Summerhouse” I’ve put it in inverted commas because it is a total mystery; no-one knows exactly when or why it was built. There is a plaque saying it was built in the late 18th century as a shooting box. That is, a shelter for use during shooting. However in the book “Roseberry Topping” published in 2006 by the Great Ayton Community Archaeology Project, all research refutes this. No explanation has been uncovered but they say it is most likely a summerhouse or purely a landscape feature. (Incidentally the photos in the book are by Joe Cornish, a well-known local photographer.)

We had been up to the top of Roseberry Topping and this was taken after coming back down the other side. The orange colour on the side of the hill is from dead bracken, still there from the recently ended winter. The next two photos I will post are from the top.

A zoomed in view of some people on the top of Roseberry is in the WS. Also a view taken from inside the summerhouse

I’ve started a Roseberry Topping theme. Please click on the theme left if you are interested.

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