Normanby War Memorial

This first world war memorial is quite unusual as its on the wall of a private house, rather than the more usual stand-alone monument you might expect, another thing that made it stand out was a new addition at the base of the inscription.
Normanby War Memorial
For reasons unknown Sgt Maurice Mallinson had been left off the original memorial and thanks to the Normanby History Group his name was added on Saturday 17th November 2007

Normanby Hall

Normanby Hall was constructed around 1820 although the listed building register says it wasn’t completed until 1858.
Normanby Hall
The design is by Ignatius Bonomi who became known as the “the first railway architect” for his work on the Skerne Bridge in Darlington
Normanby Hall
The inscription on the side of the building reads “WWJ 1820” which seems likely to refer to William Ward Jackson
Normanby Hall
The building is in a poor state having closed down from being a nursing home in recent years.
 Normanby Hall
This was the western part of the estate of Sir William Pennyman, 4th Baronet which was split between his daughters and the brothers they married. This half originally belonging to Joanna wife of Captain Matthew Consett at the beginning of the eighteenth century

Black Nab Alum Quarry – Saltwick Bay

Little remains of Black Nab itself which will be completely lost to the sea at some point.
Black Nab - Saltwick Bay
The site below the cliffs is now heavily eroded and covered but its location can be seen on the first edition OS maps.

The most promenant remains are those of a harbour / breakwater below the actual quarry site, the quarry is thought to have been in use between 1649 and 1791.
Breakwater Saltwick Bay
The highlight is a 1766 datestone which has somehow survived nearly 250 years on the beach.

1766 Datestone Saltwick Bay
In the cliff at this location are the ‘Smugglers Holes’ its not really clear whether these actually relate to smuggling, the alum works or possibly jet mining (although my local expert on that tells me they are in the wrong strata)
Saltwick Bay
Saltwick Bay

Saltwick Bay Alum House

The remains of the alum house can be found at the edge of the beach and are being rapidly lost to erosion, what can be seen now is just the back wall of the structure.
Saltwick Bay Alum House
Saltwick Bay Alum House
Saltwick Bay Alum House
Some remains still exist under the beach itself which were excavated by the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society. A circular stone cistern also remains just in front of the wall but I don’t have a photo as some holiday makers were using it as a seat at the time.

Saltwick Nab – Alum Quarry

Saltwick Nab was a site of alum quarrying between 1650 and 1791, the red colouring indicates shale has been burned which is part of the alum making process.
Saltwick Nab
Saltwick Nab

An alum house existed in later years, although its though that initially the alum liquor was  taken to South Shields for processing. The remains of a stone ramp exist on the shore, which may have been used to get carts on and off the Nab.
Ramp Saltwick Bay
Ramp Saltwick Bay
Ramp Saltwick Bay

The flat area inland of the Nab has some remains of buildings and wooden pits, although the whole area has been so heavily eroded since it was worked its now difficult to interpret, it is however much more apparent on the first edition OS maps.

Happy Birthday Transporter Bridge

The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge is 100 years old today.
Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge Heritage Open Day

Details from LoveMiddlesbrough :-

Members of the public are also invited to join the party at the foot of the bridge on Monday – the Transporter’s 100th birthday – when, from 1.30pm, there will be special performances, official speeches and even a Transporter Bridge cake!

The bridge’s Visitor Centre will also host a heritage exhibition, featuring Transporter artefacts, memories, photographs and video clips collated by the centenary reminiscence project.

And for those crossing the Transporter on the 100th birthday itself, there will be a special memento of the occasion.

Also from listenupnorth.com :-

listenupnorth.com and Writer’s Block North East have created the
Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge Centenary Writing Competition to
celebrate 100 years of this wonderful bridge. The winning entries are
recorded and available to listen to on
http://listenupnorth.com/writer-profile/354 – they share a great affection
for the bridge and wonderful ways of capturing this feeling.
Listen and enjoy!