Alum Mining

One of the most fascinating features of the countryside around Ayton is its industrial archaeology, that is, in particular, the many remains of the various mining industries which at one time or another provided employment within the village. The Jurassic shales and sandstone of Cliff Ridge aind Gribdale contain bands of ironstone, jet and alum, as well as the intrusive whinstone. The oldest of these industries is probably alum.

Alum Mining

Great Ayton’s Chemical Industry

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