This roadside pillbox on the outskirts of Darlington is in remarkably good condition, with little in the way of damage or vandalism. It is a Lozenge style pillbox that are generally only found in the North-East.
Internally many of the concrete shelves are still in place
Delve into the past childhoods of free roaming children and listen to colourful stories of local characters. Based on recordings from our Heritage Lottery Funded, Where the Wild Things Were project, we will take you off the beaten track and out into your local area to discover how childhoods, wildlife and the local landscape have changed from recordings, maps and archival photos.
These fun and friendly walks begin promptly at 10.00am and finish by 1.00pm or earlier. Dress for the weather and wear suitable footwear for walking along muddy footpaths and tracks. There may be steep sections on some of the walks. Bring a hot drink, a snack and your camera. The schedule of walks is:
Places on each walk will be limited. You are required to book by calling 01287 636382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For more details visit the Tees Valley Trust’s website events page http://www.teeswildlife.org/events/
At first glance these ponds appear unremarkable, but the name and the aerial images hint at something much more interesting. They are actually sinkholes in the Magnesian Limestone
The holes are believed to have formed in an earthquake in 1179 and a huge amount of local folklore and legends have built up about site, which you can read on the ‘Old Corpse Road’ website. Links to Lewis Carols Alice in Wonderland have also been claimed as Charles Dodgson lived nearby as a child
The northern ‘Double Kettle’ is filled with water from surface run-off, however the water in the southern ‘Croft Kettle’ comes from subterranean springs, which is very noticeable on Google Earth imagery. The site is a SSSI as its the only place in Country Durham where this occurs.
The Cleveland Railway opened in 1861 as a freight line for the local ironstone mines, but the route quickly became duplicated and redundant and closed in 1873, after only 12 years of use.
This sandstone wall marks where the line crossed over Flatts Lane as it turned North towards Middlesbrough.
An excellent account of the Cleveland Railway can be found in Andrew Pearson’s comment on this previous post
Jet has become so inextricably linked with the sea cliffs around Whitby that many people are now unaware that it was extensively mined throughout the North York Moors and Cleveland Hills.
Hear about the research work of the North York Moors Caving Club and the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society in surveying this nearly forgotten industry in a talk by Chris Twigg
Friday 20th October 7pm
St. Matthew’s Church, Grosmont
Tickets £3 donation to church funds
The scheme to build Paddy Waddells Railway (or Cleveland Extension Mineral Railway to give its full name) was started in 1872 and intended to connect Kilton Thorpe to the ironworks at Glaisdale. The scheme struggled financially from the outset as the Eskdale mines and furnaces in the South all struggled, whilst iron mining and production became concentrated to the North in Cleveland. After year of inactivity the scheme was finally scrapped in the 1889. Glaisdale Ironworks having already closed by this point anyway.
Many parts of the infrastructure of the line were constructed, even though no trains ever ran.
This bridge was constructed at Rake House in Glaisdale to carry the road over the railway.
Four years ago I posted two drinking fountains in Lealholm, and recently spotted the third
The “FL” motif stands for Sir Francis Ley who was a major benefactor to the village around 1904.
The stand-pipe has the makers mark Ham, Baker and Co. Ltd, Westminster and a metal cup still remains chained to the wall.