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.
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
I noticed these two markers by the roadside on Smiths Dock Road.
The stones mark the edge of Bolckow and Vaughans property and are marked on old OS maps with the wasteland now to the east being the Eston Sheet and Galvenising Works which was aquired by Bolckow and Vaughan in 1916.
Originally an alum shale quarry between 1776 and 1805.
In 1929 an aerial ropeway was installed to dump waste from the Spa Woods ironstone mine into the quarry, it was dismantled 1933-34 and moved to Upton Colliery.
The area is now heavily wooded so its difficult to interpret which spoil belongs to which phase.
Normanby House was built around 1716 for Reverend William Consett and Elizabeth Pennyman
It later became known as Manor House and is currently a doctors surgery
This was the eastern part of the estate of Sir William Pennyman, 4th Baronet which was split between his daughters and the brothers they married.
Normanby Hall was constructed around 1820 although the listed building register says it wasn’t completed until 1858.
The design is by Ignatius Bonomi who became known as the “the first railway architect” for his work on the Skerne Bridge in Darlington
The inscription on the side of the building reads “WWJ 1820” which seems likely to refer to William Ward Jackson
The building is in a poor state having closed down from being a nursing home in recent years.
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
Little remains of Black Nab itself which will be completely lost to the sea at some point.
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.
The highlight is a 1766 datestone which has somehow survived nearly 250 years on the beach.
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)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!