• Skinningrove

    Where the Iron Valley meets the Sea.


    On 17 February 2003, a rarely seen Oarfish was caught by angler Val Fletcher, using a fishing rod baited with squid.

    The fish was 11 ft 4in (3.3 metres) long and weighed 140 lb (63.5 kg). Graham Hill, the science officer at The Deep, said that he had never heard of another Oarfish being caught off the coast of Britain.


    The village had an agricultural and fishing economy until the opening of local ironstone workings in 1848 initiated an industrialisation boom. A railway was built by 1865, and iron smelting began in 1874. A jetty on the coast built in 1880 allowed seagoing vessels to carry heavy cargoes from the area. Mining continued until 1958 and primary iron production until the 1970s.


    The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum (formerly the Tom Leonard Mining Museum) describes the village's mining heritage, providing a unique underground experience and an insight into how 6.2 million tons of ironstone was extracted from Skinningrove.

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