From time to time we will be having a look at street names around Norton and to see if there is any reasoning or meaning behind the name.
The first one, selected at random, is Burdale Close.
Burdale Close forms part of the large residential Hambleton Estate on the south eastern fringes of Norton. The estate consists of predominantly detached housing stock, constructed by Barratt in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s. Burdale Close is an ‘h’ shaped cul-de-sac with a children’s play area at the head of the close. A series of detached bungalows straddle the main road on entering the close; the road then turns right, and right again, where the properties change to detached houses. There are pedestrian walkways or ‘snickets’ as colloquially known, linking through to Ryedale Close, Beverley Road, Hambleton Road and Chestnut Grove.
Burdale is a hamlet and a dale in the Yorkshire Wolds lying just to the south of Wharram le Street village. ‘Burdale’ is signposted to the right off the B1248 the main wold road connecting Norton with Wetwang and Beverley beyond. The main road to the dale bottom has a 10% gradient along part of its distance and there is a limestone rock formation and quarry on the left hand side of the road. The dale is made up of rich open agricultural land with a handful of sparsely placed farms and houses.
Also identifiable from the ground are the remains of the railway infrastructure and bridge. Burdale railway station was on the Malton to Driffield railway line, which opened on the 19th May 1853, serving the hamlet and quarry at Burdale. It closed on the 5th June 1950.
In October 2008, The Yorkshire Wolds Railway Restoration Project was formed by a group of enthusiasts with aim to restore and re-open at least part of the Malton to Driffield railway line as a heritage attraction, and as such Burdale railway station could also be restored as part of the restoration project and reopened as part of the new heritage railway line. This is a link to the restoration site http://www.yorkshirewoldsrailway.org.uk/history/stations/burdale-station/
It would however involve restoring the Burdale Tunnel, a 1,747 yards (1,597 m) long tunnel section. The tunnel is reportedly in a poor state and the costs of restoration could be prohibitive.
Close, meaning closed as a thoroughfare, with only one inlet and outlet.