Dykes on the Tabular Hills

The linear dykes of the Tabular Hills of north east Yorkshire are the third largest group in Britain both in area and the number of dykes.

The Scamridge Dykes are the most famous of the North Yorkshire Dykes, they run six abreast in a large curve for almost three kilometers from the scarp edge of Troutsdale to the head of Kirkdale.  Their scale can only really be appreciated from the air. The dykes are thought to be prehistoric in origin, they most probably define prehistoric territorial boundariesDykes

The Cockmoor Dykes also run from the Troutsdale scarp where they start as six large dykes. As they run south to Wydale they are joined by another fourteen smaller parallel dykes.  The six large dykes are thought to be prehistoric and the additional dykes are thought to be burrowing mounds connected to the huge rabbit warrening industry of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


My friend Chris Corner and I took a trip down to the Tabular Hills to have a look at these mighty earthworks. We started by trying to find an embanked pit alignment at Givendale but found nothing apart from dense conifer woodland and deep forestry plough ruts. We moved on to Cockmoor.


The multiple small dykes at Cockmoor, probably the result of commercial rabbit warrening.


One of three round barrows on the margins of the Cockmoor Dykes. The other two barrows have been destroyed by agricultural activities.


Tiny spoil heaps in the sides of the dyke, probably caused by burrowing miner bees.

One of the six large Cockmoor Dykes running down to the scarp edge overlooking Troutsdale.

A Penny Bun & Oysters

The Scamridge Dykes form a dense mixed woodland corridor across the large open fields.

 We drop down into Troutsdale and come across this beautiful abandoned building. Chris informs me that it is a school house built in 1870



Linear Earthworks of the Tabular Hills, North East Yorkshire. D.A Spratt 1989


Historic England

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A limited first edition print (one of fifty) on paper (210gsm) – available in A3 or A2 size – of Chapman’s 2018 massively detailed diagram of the Teesside music scene in which he tried to link every band and musician he could by the members they shared.

What started out as a small personal project born out of love for the local music scene quickly became a huge regional investigation driven by an incredible amount of online suggestions from musicians and fans. The result is a diagram that will never truly be complete or reliably accurate but is impressive never the less.

First displayed at the Stockton Calling festival in 2018 at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees, this version has been photographed for Trashterpiece by Nick Wesson.

Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. Packaged in a postal tube, signed for 1st Class.

Details Here

Better the nurse than the hearse


I’m sat on Saltburn station waiting for the train to arrive when an old bloke sits down next to me. He points across the platform to a family, barely pausing for breath, he gives out the following rant..

They think they’re toys, don’t they know where family planning is? bleach on dogs, peroxide kills! he should shave his legs..poseur, maggots (spits) shows the game is tender. Better the nurse than the hearse, if monkeys could cook…he used to shoot pigeons, had a keg of beer in the kitchen and they say I’ve got mental health problems. Ewes will squash a dog you know what I mean? They killed an old man on the tube, all wrapped in cotton wool. The money is in the waste.. that’s what Heinz used to say. He had a bulldog, country-type. Why don’t they stop the train?..People should come first. They don’t see the washing up do they? Smoking & drinking..that’s when the trouble starts, I used to smoke, I ended up in London he he. Nip the ankles..that’s what they do.

The train arrives, he walks away