Commander John Robert Francis “Frank” Wild CBE RNVR FRGS was born in Skelton in 1873.
Quoting Wikipedia :-
Frank Wild took part in the following Antarctic expeditions:
In 1901 he was a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s crew as an Able seaman on the Discovery, along with Ernest Shackleton who was then a sub-lieutenant.
He was with Shackleton on the Nimrod Expedition 1908–1909 and was a member of the team that crossed the Ross Barrier and Beardmore Glacier at a record latitude of 88º23’S.
In 1911 he joined Douglas Mawson’s Aurora expedition and was in charge of the western base on the Shackleton Ice Shelf.
He served as Shackleton’s second-in-command on Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–1916).
He was second-in-command of the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition (1921–22).
Frank Wild was also awarded the ‘Polar Medal with Four Clasps’
On 29 September 2016 this statue by sculptor William Harling was unveiled in the Ringrose Orchard by Mr Anthony Wharton.
First batch that I posted on Facebook this week, thought it a good idea to post them here too as not everyone uses Facebook and if it didn’t just happen you’ll never find it.
Gjers Mills & Co, Ayresome Ironworks, Middlesbrough
Darlington Railway Plant & Foundry, Bank Top
Davy and United, Roll Foundry, Billingham
River Tees Conservancy Commissioners
I have been totally unable to find any information on what this plaque at Sawdon relates to.
It looks very modern, but gives no detailed dates on names for the events it mentions. Just “Susan”
Can anyone shed any light on it ?
Hutton Hall was built in 1866 for Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease, the son of Joseph Pease one of the key players in the Stockton & Darlington Railway
Pease became first Baronet of Hutton Lowcross and Pinchinthorpe in 1882.
In 1902 a Bank crash forced the Pease family to sell the Hutton Hall estate, this photo is from the sale catalogue
During the Spanish Civil War the Hall was used to house Basque refugee children.
I’ve known about the Stench Pipe on Park Avenue for years.
However I only recently became aware of two more of a different design, a very short distance away. The first in the back alley between Beech and Elm Road.
A second base is in the adjacent back alley between Beech and Lime Road.
Ceramic tiles were placed on properties owned by the Stockton and Darlington Railway in the late 1850s, early 1860s.
The F-Line ran to Barnard Castle and F10 is Barnard Castle crossing.
In recent years members of the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society have been clearing, identifying and exploring some of the mines along the Esk Valley. This is a rare chance to see some images and hear about the work undertaken by the group in association with the landowners. Simon Chapman, author of Grosmont and its Mines, Commondale Mine etc. wiil tell the story of some of these mines and give a glimpse of a moment in time long since hidden.
The talk will be held in St. Matthew’s Church, Grosmont at 7pm on Friday 9th September, at the start of the national heritage weekend. Tickets cost £3, refreshments will be provided and all proceeds go towards the church, which incidentally sits on top of some of the earliest of Cleveland’s ironstone mines.
For many years Hanging Stone was obscured by trees and upon finding it in the wood there was no view to be seen.
Now the trees have been felled, the view has been restored.
The actual name of the area of land is Ryston Nab, but everyone knows it as Hanging Stone