The North Riding Of Yorkshire
Old North Riding signpost at T junction on Beacon Hill, Danby, North Yorkshire. Signpost at Danby Beacon showing the direction to Lealholm Guisborough, Danby and Castleton. A typical contemporary design which includes the black and white snow depth markers and the distinctive circular ‘North Riding of Yorkshire’ motif which sits atop. This photo captures a sunset over the 3 dales as they are known locally.
The Danby Beacon dates back to the 1600s when the country was living under the threat of invasion from France. It was the duty of a soldier and his wife, stationed upon the moor, to be vigilant and watch for the expected French fleet. If they had sight of them they were to light up the beacon, which would be the first inland fire of warning.
In the 1930s, the site became home to one of the first radar stations guarding the North East Coast during the Second World War. The station was responsible for guiding Group Captain Peter Townsend, when he intercepted and shot down the first enemy aircraft to fall on English soil since World War One.