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Hambleton Street

Ancient Trackway


"Of all the ancient trackways running roughly north and south across the high moors, the most notable and for long the dominant road in the area wads Hambleton Street.
It is still largely in it's original condition, of a major trade artery of prehistoric times. Crossing the Tees at Yarm it climbs on to the moor-top at Scarth Nick, skirts Osmotherly, and then follows the western escarpent of the Hambleton Hills over Black Hambleton, southwards to Boltby Bank Top and Sutton Bank Top. Here it forks. One branch descended via Oldstead to Coxwold, Crayke and York. The other and probably more ancient branch, swung eastwards approximatly along the line of the modern road A170 as far as Tom Smith's Cross and then by 'Ampleforth High Street' to Oswaldkirk Bank Top, Stonegrave, Hovingham and Malton. Thence ancient travellers could follow it south again over the Wolds and across the Humber to Brough and so over the Lincolnshire Wolds".

A History of Helmsley Reviaulx and District.
Helmsley & Area Group of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society
Stonegate Press 1963
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
19th May 2004ce

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