Skinningrove Jetty

The jetty was originally constructed between 1882-1887 by the Skinningrove Iron Company. Attempts were made to destroy it in WW2 to prevent it being used as a German landing point, but failed due to its unusual contruction from cement made of molten slag from the blast furnaces.
Skinningrove JettySkinningrove Jetty
Skinningrove Jetty
Skinningrove Jetty
Skinningrove Jetty
Skinningrove Jetty

The jetty is currently in a bad state of disrepair although its still used by local fisherman who occasionally fall in the holes and hurt themselves.

Obelisk at location of Captain Cooks family cottage – Great Ayton

This obelisk marks the location Captain Cooks family cottage.
Captain Cooks Cottage Obelisk - Great Ayton
The cottage itself was shipped to Australia for the Centenary of Melbourne in 1934 where is still stands in Fitzroy Park. The cottage was built by Cooks parents in 1755 so its unlikely Cook himself actually lived there as he moved away to Staithes in 1745.
Captain Cooks Cottage Obelisk - Great Ayton
Captain Cooks Cottage Obelisk - Great Ayton
The obelisk is constructed with stone from near Point Hicks which was the first part of Australia spotted by Lieutenant Hicks from the Endeavour. It is a replica of an obelisk that stands there.

The unveiling of the obelisk was actually captured and is available on the Pathe Website.

UPDATE : A friend of mine has recently visited the cottage in Australia, so many thanks to Eric for the photo.

Saltburn Mosaic Number 3

Saltburn Mosaic 3

The third mosaic in the series depicts the arrival of the first train in Saltburn on 17th August 1861

It has some similarities to this photograph, however this is not the event itself as no photographs of that are known to exist.Alpha Place and Train, Saltburn

The mosaic was unveiled on 17th August 2011 by Captain Nigel Pease, the great, great, grandson of Henry Pease. (I would assume thats him on the right in the tall hat)

The building shown in the background is Alpha Place

Pillbox S0005916 Turners Arms Farm near Kirkleatham

This pillbox just 175m SW of the previous posting was also part of the defended locality of Kirkleatham Hall.
Pillbox, Turners Arms Farm, Yearby / Kirkleatham
Pillbox, Turners Arms Farm, Yearby / Kirkleatham
Unlike the other this pillbox is faced with bricks, however it is also in excellent condition as it sits on private land in the middle of a working farm.
Pillbox, Turners Arms Farm, Yearby / Kirkleatham
Pillbox, Turners Arms Farm, Yearby / Kirkleatham
A central door into a small chamber leads to two larger firing positions. Inside the chamber with the larger embrasures there are two gun platforms and all the metal shutters are still in place, the wedge shaped hole in the wall being to accommodate the legs of a tripod mounted machine gun.

The map of Defence of Britain data shows the huge amount of effort that was put into defending Kirkleatham Hall.

Quote from Defence of Britain Project –

The defended locality was to provide a rear defence to the coastal defences at Marske. A mobile column was also based at Kirkleatham to go to the relief of the beach front defences in the event of an enemy landing or to confront airborne assault troops

Pillbox S0005917 Turners Arms Farm near Kirkleatham

This pillbox formed part of the perimeter of the defended locality of Kirkleatham Hall during World War 2. It would have been linked to the rest of the defences by a series of anti-tank ditches. It is of a customised design rather than one of the standard layouts

Pillbox, Turners Arms Farm, Yearby / Kirkleatham
Pillbox, Turners Arms Farm, Yearby / Kirkleatham
The outer chamber contains four small loop-holes while the inner chamber has a gun platform with three larger embrasures.Pillbox, Turners Arms Farm, Yearby / Kirkleatham
The pillbox is in very good condition as it sits on private land and was sufficiently quiet for a family of swallows to be nesting inside.Young Swallows in Pillbox, Turners Arms Farm, Yearby / Kirkleatham

My thanks go to Barry from Acro Engines and Airframes for arranging my visit to the site.