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Mark,
     Thanks for providing the history.  Saltworking sounds right,
particular
in relation to Redcar which rings a bell.

     It was the _burn_ part of the name that intrigued me.

Bea


On 4/18/01 3:01 PM Mark Simmons writes:

>
>
>> Wonder how -Saltburn_ got its name ?
>>
>> Bea
>
>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
>and
>> >distance from Whitby. It is partly National Trust property and is the
>site
>> >of a Roman signal station as well as 19th / 20th century Iron workings.
>It
>> >would be quite a landmark from the sea rising 160m above sea level, no
>doubt
>> >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
>visitor...)
>
>Mark Simmons
>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...


Beatrice Hopkinson 73071,327@compuserve