William Henry Thomas (1858 – 1923) was the founder of the Middlesbrough and District Betterment and Open Spaces Association, a small rest garden on Acklam Road houses the memorial.
Considering the subject matter, its rather sad that part of the park has recently been lost to roundabout for new housing estate and the general state of disrepair of the steps leading up to the monument.
However I found some council meeting minutes which say the developer is to spend £500,000 on upgrading the public open space, hopefully those will include the park and memorial.
Despite being very close to Lumpsey pit, this item has no relation to the ironstone site.
The wheel was donated to the “Blooming Lights” group in September 2003 and originated at the Boulby Potash mine.
At 18ft I have read elsewhere it is the largest Sheave wheel in Europe.
The boat and chainsaw carved figures appeared some time in mid 2008.
Despite the enigmatic name, a previous owner points out its just Super spelt backwards
This mosaic memorial to Mo Mowlem by John Todd was unveiled on 23rd October 2009, It was funded by £12,000 of public donations.
(its location makes it tricky to photograph whole)
Subject matter includes local steelworks and racecourse, doves for the Northern Ireland Peace deal and the Houses of Parliament
The 1930s boating lake has recently been redeveloped at a cost of £850,000
‘Mare et Ferro’ – Sea and Iron, granted 10th October 1922 (Coatham Enclosure was built in the 1930s)
The heavily eroded parts at the top are iron ingots and a blast furnace, they can be seen better in this printed version