Section Notes & News October 2020.
September's Quiz Answer.
I thought that someone would know the answer to this question, and sure enough I had a very quick correct answer from John Mundey, of Mid Links Section, explaining that it was a tooth extractor. The link at the end worked a bit like a stillson wrench that wrapped round the tooth and the more the handle was twisted the greater the grip on the tooth. It makes be shudder just thinking about it.
October's Quiz Question.
October's object could well have been used at Hornsea Mere. Ther's a clue for you. But what is it?
Continuing with the the theme of looking at places that we pass on section runs I will this month be looking at at Admiral Storr's Tower at Hilston and further north at Cowden and Mappleton.
The tower was built by the Admiral's father Joseph Storr in 1753. It was later to become know after Joseph's son John who was an admiral in the Royal navy.
The tower is 50 feet high, built of brick, hexagonal in plan with an external star case on the north wall. It rest on a mound called Hilston mount at the edge of a corn field. It was used as a lookout and by local sailors as a land mark and for a short time as a hospital for troops in 1794. It was last used in 1990. The widows are all bricked up and the entrance blocked off. It is maintained by Heritage England.
It is difficult to see in the summer because of foliage. It is possible to get nearer but there is no actual road to the tower and it is best to keep your distance. The admiral married John Norris which caused a bit of a stir. However his wife was given the name John because it was a favoured f name within her family. The admiral had a distinguished carer and when he died in1783 a memorial was erected in Westminster Abby in his honour.
Moving along the B1242 coast road the next points of interest are the hamlets of Cowden and Mappleton. At this location the costal erosion is very high about 3 meters per year.
As the cliffs fall many fossils are exposed.
The above photos are typical of the type of erosion along this coast.
At Mappleton beach fossils are not the only things that fall out the cliff and are deposited on the beach.
There are times when practice bombs are evident. This is because this area was used as a bombing range from 1958 to 1998 the bombs did not have a full load of explosives but are still very dangerous. The bombs are dealt with by the army bomb disposal squad and as you can see from the photos below they are not just damp squibs.
If you see any bombs do not touch!!!
Call the coast Gaurd.
If you have any photos of projects you have on the go at the moment why not send in a photo or two. Anything you might think would be of interest. Use the email link below.
If you click on the coloured text on the home page a map of how to get to the Tiger Inn, Beverley, will come up so we will look forward to welcoming you at club meetings.