> Wonder how -Saltburn_ got its name ?
Actual origin is unknown. Two fairly widespread explanations I've been told
by locals : 1. something to do with early salt working along this part of
the coast (albeit only documented at Redcar and Coatham from about the 14th
century, supplying the Priory at Guisborough) or 2. from the Beck which
runs into the sea near the Victorian pier.
The town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea is mostly Victorian. The earliest known
settlement was what is now known as "old Saltburn", a single line of
dwellings near the shore which appears on 18th Century maps. The name
Saltburn might however date back to at least 1366 (a version of the name is
mentioned in a document dealing with the Rights to "wreck of the sea"
between Runsick Bay and Yarm).
BTW, there is a Saxon cemetery site under Saltburn Golf club (discovered in
1909 ?) : the surviving artefacts from the Edwardian Excavations are in
store with Tees Archaeology and Middlesborough Museums Service.
> >Huntcliff is just south of Saltburn therefore about the right direction
> >distance from Whitby. It is partly National Trust property and is the
> >of a Roman signal station as well as 19th / 20th century Iron workings.
> >would be quite a landmark from the sea rising 160m above sea level, no
> >why the signal station was built there.
> >Martin Roe
It's East of Saltburn...
Huntcliffe was excavated in 1911 : typical small signal station plan, dated
to the reign of Theodosius (late 4th century). The pottery assemblage is
nothing to write home about, but down the signal station's well with animal
bones etc was 14 (unsexed) skeletons, and part of a woollen tunic. I think
the skeles are partly at Whitby museum (?). Middlesborough Museums
definitely have the textile, the pottery, as well as an excellent hand drawn
plan of the excavations the size of a large cinema poster...
Note that the cliff edge subseqeuntly eroded away (in the 1950's ?)... and
there's nothing there to look at today :-( .
Goldsborough Signal Station (down the coast, just west of Whitby at Lythe,
who's church has an excellent collection of Viking hogsbacks and carvings)
is in better nick... and is the one owned by the National Trust (the
Huntcliffe remains now being 120m lower down and a bit wet for the casual
Redcar and Cleveland Museums Service.
PS before anyone asks, no Roman finds have been reported from the beach
below Huntcliffe. However, in 1999 a walker found a nice early BA jadeite
hand axe in a small rockfall (it was put in at the Dorman Museum in
Middlesborough for ID), and I've recently (2000) seen a collection of
suspicious metal from underneath Huntcliffe : alas, not the remains of a
gladius, but a late Victorian fisherman's knife ! The wave action is quite
strong there, and I suppose anything coming out of the cliff edge gets
quickly washed away. Plus, its dead dangerous down there and most people
stay sensibly well away...