Fairy Dell, Gunnergate Hall, East of the Lake.

Near the upper lake is a plaque showing Gunnergate Hall, the plaque says originally built by Charles Leatham in 1857 although other sources say it dates from the 1820s
It was later owned by Ironmaster John Vaughan and after his death by Middlesbrough shipbuilder and mayor Sir Raylton Dixon. It was unoccupied after 1901 although brought back into use as an army base during both World Wars, then unfortuantely demolished in 1946
Gunnergate Hall, Fairy Dell, Marton
The outline a boat house is visible next to the lake with an ornamental waterfall to the lower lake.
Boat House, Fairy Dell, Marton
Waterfall, Fairy Dell, Marton
Next to the lake is a bird hide constructed in 2007
Bird Hide, Fairy Dell, Marton
Bird Hide, Fairy Dell, Marton
Along with some more Steve Iredale carvings from felled trees
Carvings, Fairy Dell, Marton
Carvings, Fairy Dell, Marton

Ironstone Mine Reminders, Dunsdale

A planter for flowers and a bench are placed close to the location of the mine in Dunsdale (which was actually known at the Kirkleatham mine)
Dunsdale Mine Planter
The mine was actually a drift mine so wouldn’t have had the head-frame suggested for a shaft mine, but its good the history is remembered.
Dunsdale Mine Bench
The bench depicts a miners lamp.

The actual entrance to the mine is only about 100m SE in the woods, but its collapsed just a few meters inside.
Dunsdale (Kirkleatham) Mine

Dodshon’s Fountain, Stockton

John Dodshon (1811 – 1875) was a local Quaker philanthropist and president of the Temperence Society. This fountain was erected by public subscription in 1878
Dodshons Fountain, Stockton
The fountain was moved to Ropner Park around 1892 because fish sellers were using it to clean and store fish
Dodshons Fountain, Stockton
It was restored in 1992 and then moved back to the High Street (in a slightly different location) in 1994

Holy Trinity Church, Stockton

Consecrated on December 22th 1835 with a 200ft high steeple, the building ran into trouble in the late 1950s when its steeple was found to be unsafe and in need of £20,000 of repairs, so had to be dismantled.
Holy Trinity Church, Stockton
More financial troubles and falling congregations lead to the church finally closing in 1982
Holy Trinity Church, Stockton
The Greek Orthodox church took over in 1985 but the church was unfortunately plagued by vandalism, including the destruction of its valuable organ.

The final straw came on October 1 1991 when the building was destroyed by fire

Stockton & Darlington Railway Ticket Office

St Johns Well (48 Bridge Road) is said to be the first railway ticket office in the world, although there are some doubts to the truth of this claim as passengers may have bought their tickets at inns, as they would have with a stagecoach.
First Railway Ticket Office, Stockton

The building carries a plaque which commemorates the laying of the first rail of the Stockton & Darlington railway by Thomas Meynell of 23rd May 1822
First Railway Ticket Office, Stockton

Buildings of Marton Village

This row of buildings are standing in the position of two buildings that appear on maps of Marton from 1764 onwards. Although much altered, it is possible that they are both the original buildings. You can see that the last bay window portion of the single story dwelling is a later addition.

< This row of buildings is at the heart of the west village and look onto what is now the green. The buildings closest to the camera occupy very old plots and are on the 1840 Tithe map. One house was rented by Margaret Harker, a shopkeeper and the other by Thomas Whitfield, a Cartwright. Thomas Whitfields house was partly surrounded by a field to the rear and it is quite possible that he worked from there. The rest of the row appear on the later maps of 1894.
This row of houses was erected by H.W.F. Bolckow to replace those that he had knocked down when building his Hall and gardens. The church of St Cuthbert is just beyond the last house in the distance.

The Stewart Park and Marton History Group was a small local history group that now, no longer meets . It had a website that was in the process of being updated with local history when the group disbanded and these are the pages that survived.
The lasting legacy of the group is the graves of Bolckow and Vaughan in Marton Churchyard, a project the group started and fund raised for and it eventually came to be, through the work of Middlesbrough Environment City.