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Ravenscar Town Information

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It’s hard to believe that this is where Britain’s chemical industry was created – or possibly invented – in the 17th century by an enterprising chap named Thomas Challoner. He discovered that a substance called alum found in local quarries could make a ‘mordant’ used to permanently dye wool when it was mixed with seaweed and stale human urine.

Demand for this vital ingredient was insatiable until, in modern times, scientists found how to make it synthetically. Visiting the site of this discovery is a sobering experience. The Romans once had a fort here and George III visited Ravenscar in an attempt to recuperate from his bouts of illness.

Ravenscar Grey Seal - Photo © Mick Garratt
One of the local residents at Ravenscar
Photo: Mick Garratt CCL