Saturday 30th June – Medieval Skelton

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Skelton History Group
Saturday 30th June – Medieval Skelton

Distance: 2 miles; Ascent 255ft; Duration 3-3½ hours For this walk we meet at10:30am outside Skelton Methodist Community Church, Castle Grange, Skelton Green, TS12 2DN. It has been scheduled to coincide with the archaeological investigation into the medieval borough of Skelton, and we will pass the site of the dig. We will also visit Old All Saints church before returning (mostly uphill, I’m afraid!) to our start point using some ancient tracks and pathways.

The pace of the walks is leisurely, with regular stops to admire the view (especially when going uphill!) and to hear about the heritage around us.

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. 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)

Guisborough Providence Board School 1878

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The plaque records the fact that the Guisborough Providence Schools were originally erected in 1792 in Westgate by George Venables  a London businessman who visited Guisborough. He died 12th April 1813 and is buried in the Tower of London
Providence School

The current building was rebuilt by the Guisborough School Board in 1878
Guisborough Board School 1878
On the 1894 OS map the road is known as Providence Street rather than the current Rectory Lane.

Guisborough Board School 1878

The current building ceased to be a school in 1968 and in 1981 was bought by the Territorial Association Social Club,

Monday 21st May – Saltwick Alum Works

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Skelton History Group
Monday 21st May – Saltwick alum works

Distance: 4 miles; Ascent 690ft; Duration 4-4½ hours Meet at the top of the 199 steps (NZ 902 112) in Whitby for a 10:30am depart. The nearest car park is the Abbey Plain car park, which is “pay-and-display”. The route takes us south along the Cleveland Way as far as the caravan park, from where we descend into Saltwick Bay. The rest of the time will be spent down on the foreshore taking a good look at the wealth of heritage, mostly associated with the alum works, but including evidence of shipwrecks, and of items whose uses have still to be satisfactorily explained. We return to Whitby the way we came – up the long flight of steps from the beach to the caravan park and back along the coastal path.

The pace of the walks is leisurely, with regular stops to admire the view (especially when going uphill!) and to hear about the heritage around us.

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. 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)

Tuesday 24th April – Selby Hagg and Saltburn Alum Works

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Skelton History Group
Tuesday 24th April – Selby Hagg and Saltburn alum works

Distance: 4 miles; Ascent 490ft; Duration 3-3½ hours Meet at 10:30am in Cat Nab car park (NZ 668 215). This is a pay-and-display car park, so have plenty of change with you. This out and back route will take us up Saltburn Gill to the site of Selby Hagg alum works. From there, as we retrace our steps through the Gill, we will be following the route taken by the alum liquor as it made its way to the alum house at Saltburn. Although mostly on level ground, there are two or three steep ascents/descents (inevitable given the narrow, wooded gorges in our area).

The pace of the walks is leisurely, with regular stops to admire the view (especially when going uphill!) and to hear about the heritage around us.

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. 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)

Skelton Community Mosaic

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This mosaic was installed in September 2017 as part of the Skelton Townscape Heritage Project 

It was researched, designed and produced by the combined efforts of Skelton Villages Civic Pride, Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Community Development staff, the Skelton History Group, pupils at Skelton Primary School and Community artists Helen Jane Gaunt and Derek Mosey.

Skelton Through The Ages 1086 – 2017

      • 1086: The Domesday Book records the manor of Skelton
      • Arms of de Brus: Robert de Brus built the first castle in 12th Century
      • Skelton Castle: building the present castle began in 1788
      • Medieval agriculture: farming was an important part of village life for centuries
      • The old Parish Church: built 1785/86 on the foundations of the 13th Century church
      • A miner and his lamp: the ironstone mining boom in Skelton began in the 1860s

    Skelton Mosaic

    • The High Street and a new Parish Church followed in the 1870s and 1880s
    • A Cleveland Bay horse, England’s oldest breed, pulling a milk cart
    • A Swift flying overhead: their screams are a typical sound of summer
    • The War Memorial: commemorating the dead of two World Wars
    • The Cleveland Way: opened in May 1969
    • The Whipping Post: public punishment on the village green

    Skelton Mosaic

    • Ringrose Community Orchard: a new development, the heritage of the future
    • Children dance round the Maypole in front of the old Infants’ School
    • A sword dancer performing the Long Sword dance
    • 2017 – Planted tubs and a new tree reflect the latest changes

    Skelton Mosaic

Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington

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This pillbox is only a short distance from the one on the opposite side of the bridge, but of a completely different construction.
Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
It’s been made from concrete blocks and beams, with a couple of rows of bricks at the top.
Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
The roof is now gone and the walls badly cracked, so i’m not sure it would have stood up to any heavy attack should it ever have been needed.
Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington