Weather

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Put together by: Ryedale Folk Museum

About the collection
From heavy snowfall to local flooding, the Ryedale area has dealt with various weather patterns throughout the decades. However, not being one to let this stand in our way, locals have often found a way around it. These photographs show ways to deal with tricky weather as well as have some fun in the process.
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Items within the collection

Snow on the Tracks
Date: 1916
Info: Blakey Moor

Caption:

It was a joint effort to remove snow on the tracks, as can be seen here at Blakey Junction. This railway line connected up the ironstone mines of Rosedale with the main line at Battersby, via the Ingleby incline. It was therefore a lifeline for the industry.

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Skiing on Blakey
Date:
Info: Blakey Moor

Caption:

The Lion Inn is infamous for getting snowed under, situated on top of the North York Moors and being one of the highest pubs in England. However, one forward thinking passer-by has thought of a genius way of getting home.

Photograph taken by Raymond Hayes

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Car in Snow Cutting
Date:
Info: Near Sledhoe

Caption:

The amount of work needed to access roads can be seen in this photograph, where the depth of the snow surpassed the height of the passing car in some places.

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Children Ice-Skating
Date: 13 January 1940
Info: Rosedale

Caption:

This expanse of ice on the top of Chimney Bank has been claimed as a hockey pitch by these local children. The iconic chimney rises up right next to this make-shift rink.

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Skiing on Snowdrifts
Date:
Info: Blakey Moor

Caption:

The depth of the snowdrifts on the moor can be seen in comparison to the lone skier pictures on top of them. Blakey Ridge stretches out into the background of the photograph, looking very beautiful but barren in the snow.

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Villagers Out and About
Date: November 1925
Info: Hutton-le-Hole

Caption:

Snow fails to make the villagers of Hutton-le-Hole housebound, as a number of them can be seen walking the paths of the village in this photograph. Snow drifts and the frozen beck made our village look like a winter wonderland.

Photograph taken by William Hayes

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Great Snowdrifts
Date: January 1940
Info: Spaunton

Caption:

Four men work on the large snow drifts at Spaunton, battling to make a way through the village.

Photograph taken by William Hayes

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Flooded Streets
Date: September 1931
Info: Brawby

Caption:

Villagers took to boats as their transportation of choice after heavy rain flooded the village of Brawby. The sailboat in the background of the photograph contrasts to the more make-shift example shown in the foreground.

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Cars and Snowdrifts
Date: March 1963
Info: Blakey Moor

Caption:

Three lovely examples of 1960s cars can be seen wedged between the snowdrifts along Blakey Ridge.

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Car Braves the Floods
Date: 25 August 1927
Info: Keldholme

Caption:

A car attempts to navigate the flooded road at Keldholme, as locals watch on from the sides. Children can be seen paddling up to their knees in the flood water.

Photograph taken by William Hayes

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Market Place in the Snow
Date: 1925
Info: Kirkbymoorside

Caption:

Becketts Bank and the Black Swan pub can be seen on either side of a snowy Kirkbymoorside marketplace.

Photograph taken by William Hayes

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Flooded Bus Routes
Date: September 1931
Info: Sinnington

Caption:

Buses can be seen still attempting to complete their routes in this wet September in Sinnington.

Photograph Taken by William Hayes

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