This plough was erected around August 2020, having been sourced from a farm in Moorsholm.
The plough carries the inscription Ord and Maddison, R.H. Ridging No.4
Ord and Maddison were based in Darlington but also had interests in limestone quarries in Weardale, the company existed from the 1850s until the 1950s
Ings Farm stood not far from the position of the plough, near the shops on what is now Warwick Road / Castle Road. The low garden walls on this estate are said to be constructed with stone from the farm
This plate belonged to 10 ton single cylinder road roller built in 1888 which was dispatched new to Kirkleatham Urban District Council and later owned by Redcar Urban District Council.
This company advert from the same year of 1888 may give an idea of what it looked like.
The only local photo I know which features a traction engine is this one from road laying at Lazenby, so there’s a very slim chance it could be the same engine.
At some point later in its life it was sent to Bomford & Evershed who were an agricultural machinery manufacturer and contractor based in Warwickshire, they formed in 1904 so it must be after than date, it was scrapped in the late 1930s
Many thanks to Stewart Ramsdale for highlighting this item when it recently surfaced at an auction house in Evesham, Worcestershire
Much has been written over the years about deaths and rescue on the sea at Redcar, but this one from 1824 seems to have been forgotten perhaps, despite seven men being killed in one day and a major public appeal for their families. With the deaths being in 1824 before the completion of St Peters in Redcar, they were buried in St Germains at Marske rather than Redcar.
Those killed were George Robinson and his two sons Christopher and Thomas Robinson. Thomas Hall and his two sons George and Richard Hall. William Guy (but not the same one who was killed in a rescue on 25 December 1836, nearly 12 years to the day later)
£1000 in 1824 is roughly the equivalent of £100,000 today so the public appeal had a high profile with donations from various Earls and Knights
This piece of grafitti is something I saw mentioned on Facebook getting on for 7 years ago, and I never managed to find it. Then by total chance in lockdown I found it !
It;s getting extremely hard to read as the tree has aged, but says “Polish Forces 194?”
Facebook comments from a resident many years ago said :- there used to be an extensive camp at Dunsdale which was still visible when I was a kid. The Polish army was stationed there and they carved that beech tree.