This new wood carving of a pigeon fancier outside the Skinningrove Homing Society hut was unveiled in late August 2011, its the work of Steve Iredale who is responsible for many similar carvings in the area.
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.
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.
This obelisk marks the location Captain Cooks family cottage.
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.
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.
The third mosaic in the series depicts the arrival of the first train in Saltburn on 17th August 1861
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
This pillbox just 175m SW of the previous posting was also part of the defended locality of Kirkleatham Hall.
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.
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.
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
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
The outer chamber contains four small loop-holes while the inner chamber has a gun platform with three larger embrasures.
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.
My thanks go to Barry from Acro Engines and Airframes for arranging my visit to the site.