Skinningrove is a village in North Yorkshire, England. Its name is Viking influenced and is thought to mean skinners’ grove or pit.
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.
Visit To Skinngrove
I was due a night in Whitby so this was a perfect oppurtunity for me to take a detour and visit Skinningrove for the first time.
Visiting a place for the first time is always exciting as one never really knows what to expect. I had done some quick research mainly to find out how to get there. On the day of the visit, the weather for my type of photography was not what I like, it was very sunny with virtually no clouds in the sky and the light was very harsh.
Nevertheless, I decided I would treat this trip as a scouting exercise to see if had enough interest for me to re-visit possibly in the early winter months.
As you walk around Skinningrove, you cannot help thinking that this is a place which seems to have been forgotten. I was surprised just how quiet it was compared to other places just down the coast. In fact, the whole time I was there, I only saw about 3 other people wandering about.
Photographically, Skinningrove has some lovely textures and appears to be oozing with history and many stories to be told. Small fishing boats were scattered along the edge of the water waiting to be towed out by small tractors.
Skinnigrove is certainly a place I shall be returning to later on in the year when the weather is a little more what I call atmospheric and moody which to me will really bring out the character of this wonderful place.
During my short stay in Skinningrove before heading further South into Whitby, I managed to make about four photographs on Ilford FP4 film using the Mamiya C220 camera.