Cleveland Railway Embankment – Guisborough

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Building work in Guisborough briefly revealed stonework from the original route of the Cleveland Railway which opened in 1861 as a freight line for the local ironstone mines, the original route continued west over a wooden viaduct and skirted the southern edge of the Eston hills.

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In 1865 the Cleveland Railway, Middlesbrough and Guisborough Railway and Stockton and Darlington Railway were all taken over by the North Eastern Railway, the route quickly became redundant and closed in 1873 after only 12 years of use.

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By mid-March the location was lost forever, although this old photo from Guisborough History Notes shows the same abutment

‘Everybodys Magazine” Ghostsign

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Many thanks to Peter Edwards for these photos of a wall in Stockton on the corner of Inkerman Street and Bishopton Lane.

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The image was uncovered late 2011 when a hoarding was removed,
Peter believed the advert relates to a 1930’s /1940 cocktail called Everybodys, but it looks like its actually a magazine that ran from the mid=40s to the mid-50s.

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Sadly it will never be seen again as it was painted over late 2014.

John Buntings War Memorial Chapel, Scotch Corner

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Not the Scotch Corner on the A66 but a hill near Sutton Bank, but either way after over 10 years of Hidden Teesside I have finally added a new category to the site called ‘Yes I know its not in Teesside’ to cover things that may be a short drive away.

This chapel was built by sculptor John Bunting as a memorial for those killed in the Second World War, he acquired the derelict farm buildings in 1956 and completed the rebuild in 1957.

John Bunting, War Memorial Chapel, Scotch Corner

It specifically commemorates three people all educated at Ampleforth College

Hugh Dormer, killed during the battle of Europe in 1944
Michael Fenwick, a poet killed in 1941 at Kowloon.
Michael Allmand, who was killed in Europe in 1944 and received the Victoria Cross

John Bunting, War Memorial Chapel, Scotch Corner

The chapel will next be open to the public on: Saturday 15th April 2017; Sunday 9th July 2017; Saturday September 9th 2017 and there is a huge amount of information available at http://www.johnbunting.co.uk/memorial.html

John Bunting, War Memorial Chapel, Scotch Corner

First House in Middlesbrough – West Street

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The first house in Middlesbrough was built by George Chapman in April 1830 on West Street. This plaque from the building is now on display in the Dorman Museum
George Champman 1830, First House in Middlesbrough

The house was long ago demolished along with most of St Hilda, but you can see a photograph of it here :- https://www.flickr.com/photos/bolckow/2283571484

Teesside’s Oldest House – Friday 24 February 2017

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Explore Our Heritage In Loftus Town Hall
Teesside’s Oldest House
A talk by Dr Steve Sherlock

Friday 24 February 2017,7pm for 7.30pm
Loftus Town Hall TS13 4HG

Mostly about 2016’s nationally important finds of evidence of dwelling at Street House from Early Neolithic times, but Steve may also be persuaded to explain about the evidence of early industry (Salt, ceramics, jet working) in the area.

Everyone welcome – free entry (but donations towards costs welcomed!)

This is the second in a short series of heritage talks and events for 2017 organised by Loftus Town Council with the active support of local experts, held on the 4th Friday in the month.

February 24 – Teesside’s Oldest House, Neolithic Settlement, Timber Circles and Iron Age Saltworking, Dr Steve Sherlock “Street House before the Saxons”
March 24 – Where the Wild things were , Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Kate Bartram
April 28 – Made in India (a play/show, part of the Rural Arts Create Tour), Tamasha Theatre Company (entry fee of £5 for adults)
May 26 – Habitat Restoration , Nature Reserves and Wildlife Monitoring in the Tees Estuary and East Cleveland Coast, Ian Bond of INCA .

Picton Junction Brickworks

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The remains of of the Picton brickworks stand adjacent to the Eaglescliffe to Northallerton line just north of what was Picton railway station.
Picton Brickworks
It was opened by the Picton Junction Brick and Tile Company in the 1920s, using a 20ft layer of clay just below the surface (the flooded pits are immediately to the east)
Picton Brickworks
There are 5 double ended Newcastle Kilns which are 38ft long (the chimney is central with a loading entrance and stoke holes at either end)
Picton Brickworks
The kiln with the brick front still contains the last load of un-fired bricks which date from its closure in 1938.
Picton Brickworks

Picton Liberty Stone (Where is it !!)

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This 17th century boundary marker would be a fine addition to Hidden Teesside, if it was there !

A report on the 6th April 2005 said it had been stolen. On the 8th April 2005 Police said “It had been removed by a man trying to protect it from theft. It will be returned to its position”

Parish meetings in 2008/2009 talks about getting it listed by English Heritage and having a replica made.

Nearly 10 years later there still appears to be a sign but no liberty stone, I can find no further references to it or any photos online, the only one being from the original 2005 news report
Liberty Stone
Does anyone know what became of it ? Clearly things don’t move quickly in Picton.
Picton Liberty Stone