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SKELTON PARK IRONSTONE PILLAR

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A commemorative obelisk constructed from a seam sample of Cleveland Ironstone from Skelton Park Ironstone Mine. The obelisk is 33 inches square at the base and tapers up to a height of 9 feet 4 inches. The obelisk was created for the North East Coast Exhibition, held in Newcastle during 1929. After the exhibition it was moved to a quadrangle on the campus of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Subsequently it was earmarked for demolition, but objections ensured that it was saved and subsequently move to Close House, a University owned estate. A descriptive plaque was later added with the following inscription;
CLEVELAND IRONSTONE This pillar is a cross section of the main seam of Lower Jurassic Ironstone. 3 meters thick and containing 32 per cent of iron from Skelton Park Mine, Cleveland. This ore was the foundation of the N. Yorkshire iron industry. And was worked for over 100 years 1850 ' 1964.

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