Ravenscar is a coastal village in North Yorkshire, approximately 10 miles north of Scarborough.
It is not easy to imagine Ravenscar as an elegant resort to rival Scarborough but this was the aim of an ambitious entrepreneur who would have transformed the village, which then was known as Peak, into a fashionable seaside resort. In the 1890s plans were drawn up, roads constructed, drains and a mains water supply laid down. Special trains were laid on for prospective purchasers of building plots. The building company folded in 1913 having built less than a dozen houses. The inhospitable nature of the site, 600ft above an inaccessible boulder-strewn shore, undoubtedly contributed to the failure of the enterprise.
Little remains today of the original layout. The roads have mostly vanished beneath the grass and the railway too has gone. But still Station Square, its shops and cafe and Station Hotel nearby, survive as reminders of the enterprise. And, of course, the change of name from Peak to Ravenscar has survived.
Today Ravenscar remains a peaceful village with impressive views over Robin Hood’s Bay.
To the North of the village lies the old Peak Alum Works, the birthplace of the British chemical industry. The works were established around 1650 and operated until 1862 and are now a National Trust site.OS grid reference NZ 985 015
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