St Mary Magdalene Church, Hart

St Mary Magdalene Church, Hart was founded in 675 AD

St Mary Magdalene Church, Hart

The current tower dates to the 13th century and the nave the 12th century. A carving on the wall is generally said to depict St. George and the Dragon.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Hart

However it could relate to the Clifford Family who owned the Manor House estate. Rather than a dragon it may show a wyvern which features on the Clifford family crest.

Clifford Wyverns at Skipton Castle

Friarage Manor House, Hartlepool

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A Franciscan Friary was founded on this site around 1239 by the De Brus family.

Friarage Manor House, Hartlepool

Destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, a mansion was built in the early 17th century.

Sketch showing the site in ruins in 1780
Friarage Manor House, Hartlepool

In the early 1800s it became the town workhouse, followed by the building being converted into a hospital in the 1860’s.

St Hilda’s Hospital developed on the site and this last original piece was left when the rest was demolished in 1987

Friarage Manor House, Hartlepool

Bombardment of the Hartlepools

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On my previous visit to the site in mid-2014 this monument did not exist, it appeared a few months later.

Bombardment of the Hartlepools

It commemorates the death of 114 civilians, 9 soldiers and 7 sailors killed in the Bombardment of the Hartlepools on 16th December 1914.

Bombardment of the Hartlepools

It was erected to mark the 100th Anniversary and unveiled on 16th December 2014 by the Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowdon.

Bombardment of the Hartlepools
Engraving on rear of monument

The engraving is tricky to photograph, but it a reproduction of the painting The Bombardment of the Hartlepools by James Clark, painted in 1915.

The Bombardment of the Hartlepools by James Clark, painted in 1915

A huge amount of information about the events of that day is on display in the nearby Heugh Battery.

Bombardment of the Hartlepools Fragment
Shrapnel from December 16th 1914

Royal Army Ordnance Corp – Brockley Hall Saltburn

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This small painted sign can be found on a gatepost outside Brockley Hall. The property itself dates back to 1875 and became a Christian Endeavour Home in 1937.

I have no detais, but the sign would suggest it may have played a role in WW2 when the RAOC was responsible for the supply of ammunition, clothing and general stores. The “CSS” may stand for Combat Service Support.

No.1 C.S.S. / R.A.O.C Brockley Hall Saltburn
No.1 C.S.S. / R.A.O.C Brockley Hall Saltburn

Thompsons of Osmotherley Established 1786

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Thompson’s in Osmotherley, began trading in 1786 and passed through six generation of the family.

Thompson Osmotherley 1786

Grace Thompson ran the shop alone and was still delivering newspapers aged 75 , she retired in 2004 and passed away in 2014.

A strict condition of the sale means any new owner has to run the building with all its original fittings as a shop, but unfortunately it still appears to be stood empty in 2022.

Charltons Methodist Chapel ?

This stone from a Methodist Chapel is in a modern bungalow opposite the community centre at Charltons. However old maps don’t show any previous buildings on this site.

It is also unclear whether Alderman J.T. Fletcher is associated with the 1873 date or the 18/2/61 (which must be 1961 if it was re-laid then?)

Charltons Methodist Church

This news report from 1874 hints work may have still being ongoing

Could it actually have been the chapel and school midway between Charltons and Margrove Park as suggested by 1890s Primitive Methodists circuits ?

Borrowby Cross

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The cross in the centre of Borrowby is of medieval origin.

Borrowby Cross

The village is built at the junction of four roads and was once split between two wapentakes, Allerton and Birdforth. The portions which belonged to Birdforth were known as the Gueldable.

The English Heritage listing describes it very briefly as Ashlar. 3-step podium; plinth; short shaft; blocking course with rounded stone cross above.

Borrowby Cross