Guisborough Primitive Methodist Chapel

The Primitive Methodist Chapel was built on Chapel Street in 1860 at a cost of £425, the plaque now worn flat and painted blue presumably once carried the name and date.

Guisborough Cons Club - Ex Methodist Chapel
Guisborough Cons Club 2019

In 1907 they relocated to much larger premises on Westgate at a cost of £4000, which is still a Methodist church. The site is now the Guisborough Cons Club .

Loftus Primitive Methodists






Skelton History Group Walk -Skelton – 900 years of history

Wednesday 20th November – (01) Skelton – 900 years of history

Distance: 1½ miles; Ascent 120ft; Duration: 2-2½ hours

Meet at 10:30am outside the Wharton Arms on the High Street. This walk will be based around the Mosaic Trail which runs through the village. The walk’s full title is “900 years of history in 900 yards”

A charge of £2 per person will be made on each walk to offset the costs of Insurance. Please wear appropriate footwear and have clothing suitable for the likely weather conditions on that day. On the longer walks, it is suggested that you bring food and drink as we usually stop between midday and 1:00pm for a lunch break.

Further details can be had from: skeltonhistorygroup@gmail.com or by contacting Peter Appleton (Tel: 01287 281752)



Empire Theatre, Loftus

The Empire Palace of Varieties first opened in 1911.

The original building seen in 1932

In 1937 it was rebuilt as the Empire Theatre, which was open until 1959

Photo of the interior from Cinema Theatre Association Archive

It returned as a bingo hall for several years and then reopened as a cinema in 1977 until a final closure in 1983.

Empire Theatre, Loftus
The remains of the site today

The site on Deepdale Road is currently derelict with planning permission for flats.

Skelton History Group Walk – Biggles and the Zeppelins

Tuesday 15th October – (10) Biggles and the Zeppelins

Distance: 3 miles; Ascent 65ft; Duration: about 2-2½ hours

Meet at 10:30am in the Stray car park near Green Lane, Redcar (NZ 624 237). This easy-paced walk takes place on mostly level ground. There are two ladder styles to negotiate to cross the rail line. The heritage interest includes: the 1913 summer camp of the Northumberland & Durham Brigade of the Territorial Force, the WW1 RFC/RAF airfield, and the Sound Mirror for detecting incoming Zeppelins.

A charge of £2 per person will be made on each walk to offset the costs of Insurance. Please wear appropriate footwear and have clothing suitable for the likely weather conditions on that day. On the longer walks, it is suggested that you bring food and drink as we usually stop between midday and 1:00pm for a lunch break.

Further details can be had from: skeltonhistorygroup@gmail.com or by contacting Peter Appleton (Tel: 01287 281752)



Tees Scoria Brick Company – Wharton Arms Skelton

Blue tinged Scoria blocks are still a fairly common sight in the gutters around Cleveland as they were manufactured from molten blast furnace slag, a waste product that was available in huge quantities in our area.

Tees Scoria Brick Company - Patent - Skelton

Joseph Woodward first took out a patent in the mid 1870s for a machine for making blocks from molten blast furnace slag.

The Wharton Arms was built in 1878 so the bricks in the yard behind could be original examples from this early phase. Nearly all the blocks carry the name “Tees Scoria Company – Patent” where most examples in Cleveland are just plain.

Later 1877 US Patent

In 1893 the Institution of Mechanical Engineers visited the Tees Scoria Brick Co. at Cargo Fleet Iron Works and described a more advanced process :

The manufacture carried on at these works is that of slag blocks for paving. The plant comprises one rotating wheel, fitted with 140 moulds; and also eighteen kilns, each capable of holding 1,000 blocks. From twenty to thirty different sizes of blocks are made. By arrangement with the Cargo Fleet Iron Co. these works are carried on at U, Plate 55, within the boundary of the Cargo Fleet Iron Works.

1894 map showing kilns adjacent to blast furnaces.

The blocks were also manufactured at Skinningrove up until the 1950s.

Gisburne Bible

The Gisburne Bible was donated to Gisborough Priory in 1333 after a fire in 1289 had destroyed many of their books. It stayed there until the Dissolution of the Monasteries around 1540.

It subsequently passed through many hands before going to St John’s College Cambridge in 1635, where it has been kept ever since.

It can be viewed in Guisborough Library between September 26 and October 29 as part of the 900th Anniversary of Guisborough Priory events being organised by https://gisboroughprioryproject.org.uk

Marske Mosaic

This mosaic celebrating the heritage of Marske was unveiled in July 2019.

The mosaic was designed and built collectively by community groups, schoolchildren from Westgarth Primary School and Errington Primary School and artists Helen Jane Gaunt and Derek Mosey. The project was commissioned by local community group Marske in Bloom.

Marske Mosaic
Cliffe House – Holiday residence of local ironstone mine owners the Pease family.
Biplanes linked to Royal Flying Corps schools in Marske and the author Biggles books.
Marske Mosaic
St Germains Church tower location of Captain Cooks Fathers Grave
Scarecrow Festival
Marske Mosaic
Fisherman Choir
Marske Hall built in 1625
Maypole Dancers
Marske Mosaic
St Marks Church
Marske Mosaic
Winkies Castle Folk Museum (Jack Anderson and Winkie the cat)

Skelton History Group Walk – Skelton Park and Shaft mines

Monday 9th September – (11) Skelton Park and Shaft mines

Distance: 4½ miles; Ascent 500ft; Duration: 4½-5 hours

Meet at 10:30am at Skelton Methodist Community Church, Castle Grange, Skelton Green. Today, we will be walking from Skelton Green along a permissive footpath that would have been used by the ironstone miners to get to and from their place of work.

A charge of £2 per person will be made on each walk to offset the costs of Insurance. Please wear appropriate footwear and have clothing suitable for the likely weather conditions on that day. On the longer walks, it is suggested that you bring food and drink as we usually stop between midday and 1:00pm for a lunch break.

Further details can be had from: skeltonhistorygroup@gmail.com or by contacting Peter Appleton (Tel: 01287 281752)



Listen with EKCO Radio Ghostsign, Middlesbrough

EKCO (Eric Kirkham Cole Limited) produced TVs and Radios from 1924 until 1960 although the brand name lived on into the 1970s. This shop on Parliament Road was once an electrical shop.

Ecko Ghostsign, Parliament Road Middlesbrough
2019

The advert was revealed by the removal of a billboard around 2016 when it first appears on Google Streetview, it has visibly deteriorated since that point.

2016 Google Streetview

A complete copy of the same advert existed in Southamption, but this has since been hidden by a new building.