The Dorman Museum opened in 1904, it was given to the town by Sir Arthur Dorman as a memorial to his son who has been killed in the South African War. The building also has a green plaque dedicated to Frank Elgee the curator between 1923 and 1932. The museum itself if full of interesting exhibits and well worth a visit, but I shall only comment on items outside the building.
A roman coffin in the grounds is actually from Irchester in Northamptonshire but was found on the property of the Cargo Fleet Iron Company (presumably at the iron ore quarries)
The large stone which seems to have lost its plaque at some point, is said to be a stepping stone from a crossing of the Tees at Newport.
Other items include an 1884 foundation stone laid by Lady Pease and Middlesbroughs coat of arms.
“Erimus” is Latin for “We shall be”, it is a development of the motto of the Brus family “Fuimus” meaning “We have been”.
This memorial was erected for the 46 pupils and 2 staff of Sir William Turners School (which was on Coatham Road where the library currently is) who were killed in World War 1.
The memorial has moved many times during its life, it moved to Corporation Road in 1962 when the original school was demolished, then to Sir William Turners 6th Form on Redcar Lane in 1975, back to Corporation Road in 1994 when Redcar and Cleveland College was formed and to its current location in 2008 when that college was in turn replaced.
Not a building with any aesthetic beauty or history, but a lot of locals including myself passed through.
The Sir William Turners 6th Form was built around 1975 when the Sir William Turner’s School for boys and the Cleveland Grammar School for girls merged. Via further merger it became part of Redcar & Cleveland College in 1994.
These photos were taken during the auctioning off of the buildings fixtures and fittings in late 2008 before it was demolished in early 2009 to make for housing (that was never built due to the global financial meltdown)
A couple of interesting items that were in the building but I don’t recall being for sale were the college shield and foundation stone from the original Coatham Road Sir William Turners School. I’m not sure what became of them