gypsey race

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gypsey race

Postby r4dg3d » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:40 pm

on the OS explorer map there is a short stream to the SW of driffield called gipsey race. it starts to the west of the A614 and disappears when it reaches the showground. there is a second gypsey race (different spelling) on the same map which appears to the west of wold newton and which ends in brid harbour.

1) are these two watercourses the same one?
2) where is the source of the driffield one?
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Postby tremal » Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:53 am

The 'Gypsey Race' goes under the Driffield Showground by way of a culvert, before joining the main river at Hallimanwath bridge. It rises on the aerodrome to the west. It is not the same stream as the one at Wold Newton. I would call this the main Gypsey Race which eventually flows into the Bridlington Harbour.
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Postby r4dg3d » Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:28 pm

many thanks for the swift and comprehensive reply.
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Postby r4dg3d » Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:59 pm

just as a matter of interest the gypsy race which finishes in brid harbour seems to be suffering some pretty severe pollution on the outskirts of brid. arsenic amongst other things:

http://www.airpollution.eastriding.gov.uk/ccm/contaminated-land/public-register/woldgate-landfill-site-woldgate-bridlington.en;jsessionid=FDC357656FA5002456ADECF5FC9B76B5

is this affecting the beaches?
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Postby DriffieldOnline » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:17 pm

Just spotted this on the BBC website, Probably explains why there are more than one!


The Wold Valley stream is a well known occasional watercourse called the Gypsey Race (with a hard 'g').

The name derives from the word 'geyser' which in turn comes from the Norse 'gypa'- a spring. Gypseys are streams which flow intermittently.

The water comes from natural underground reservoirs and when the water rises to a particular level it is siphoned to the surface. The mystery is that this often occurs after a dry season!
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Postby DF » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:09 pm

Many moons ago, when I went to school, we lived in Rudston and the Gipsey Race flooded most years. Recently, since the farmers have been using bore holes to water their potatoes this hasn't happened very often. This leads me to believe that, because we had such a wet summer the Farmers will not have needed to water their crops; therefore the water will have remained in the boreholes and the extra rain will have quickly filled them to overflowing, thus causing the springs which feed the Gipsey Race, to erupt.

Only my theory for what it's worth.
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