Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum (Skinningrove)1
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in 1847 ironstone was found at Skinningrove and the first superior quality ironstone mine was built. The mine was owned by industrialists Henry Bolckow and John Vaughan. The iron ore was transported from Skinningrove to the blast furnaces on the River Tyne for smelting. In 1850 John Vaughan and a geologist from Darlington called John Marley discovered a main seam of ironstone in the Eston Hills after a day surveying. In 1851 the railway network was extended to serve the mine at Skinningrove, three blast furnaces were also built at Skinningrove. The mined ironstone could be smelted in Cleveland, reducing the transporting distance to Tyneside.in 1847 ironstone was found at Skinningrove and the first superior quality ironstone mine was built. The mine was owned by industrialists Henry Bolckow and John Vaughan. The iron ore was transported from Skinningrove to the blast furnaces on the River Tyne for smelting. In 1850 John Vaughan and a geologist from Darlington called John Marley discovered a main seam of ironstone in the Eston Hills after a day surveying. In 1851 the railway network was extended to serve the mine at Skinningrove, three blast furnaces were also built at Skinningrove. The mined ironstone could be smelted in Cleveland, reducing the transporting distance to Tyneside.