I have previously posted this photograph of the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) shelter sign that can be found between Linthorpe Road and the Dundas arcade.
I never personally got around to asking for a look in their basement and ‘Past Times’ has since closed making that currently impossible.
Fortunately for us all, professional photographer Andrew Davies got these excellent shots and has kindly given me permission to share them here.
There was a report in the Gazette in 2007, but they never gained access to get any photos, as the report point out this original shelter was for 367 people and would have covered the basements of numerous shops, although after the war it seems logical that they would have been seperated again so the remaining area is not the full size.
Access was via a trapdoor behind the counter in the shop
At the time the space was not in use by the shop above.
On close inspection this sign mentions ‘Defence Regulation 23a’ this appears to tie in directly with an entry from Hansard from 23rd November 1939 which mentions that regulation being about the provision of air-raid shelters.
A few old boxes on a shelf, again no indication if they date from the basements use as a shelter or a later business.
Local Dorman Long steel in the fabric of the building.
A recently published book ‘Defence of the UK – Middlebrough’ suggests the rear building was a clothing factory owned by Dorman Stewart the rainwear makers. The book goes on to list numerous other converted basements used as shelters even larger than this one.
The ‘New Emporium’ and ‘Green Market’ each had room for 700, while the shelter under J. Newhouses shop another 400.
Images supplied courtesy of North East wedding photographer Andrew Davies , www.andrew-davies.com
Travel by Road to York, Doncaster or London by United. Luxury coach services by day or night.
This sign apparently dates from the opening of the bus station in 1938.
United were formed in 1912 before becoming Tees & District in 1990 then eventually becoming the ubiquitous multi-national Arriva around 1998.
You can find thousands of photos of United buses in this dedicated Flickr group.
On the wall of its 1966 replacement can be found some original stonework from the New Marske Institute.
The institute was built for the local ironstone miners by the Pease family, they were Quakers with a temperance policy, so no alcohol was available until 1925 after the mine closed.
It opened on August 5th 1876 and offered a reading room, library, billiard, smoking room and a Quoits pitch. Subscription was one shilling per quarter.
Some interesting photos of the original can be found on the Communigate site
Winkies Castle is a Half Cruck Longhouse dating from the 17th Century, the new plaque was unveiled on 7th April 2011
The house was saved from demolition by Jack Anderson the cobbler in 1968, opened by him as a museum in 1975 and finally bequeathed to the council with over 6,000 local artefacts on his death.
The house opened as a folk museum run by the Friends of Winkies Castle in 2005, its well worth a visit when its open during the summer months.
‘Winkie’ is said to be the name of Jacks cat and has been adopted as the logo of the museum.
With the re-opening of SSI plant new trains have appeared on the site.
The trains are second-hand NSB Di8 models originally built by MaK in 1996–1997 for use in Norway.
Wikipedia points out that they had reliability problems, so perhaps someone should have searched the internet first ?
A Harsco RGH20C Rail Grinder is also on the site at the moment.
Before its well known cliff lift, Saltburn had a cliff hoist between 1870 and 1883.
The wooden structure built by John Anderson of the Saltburn Improvement Company dropped people 120 feet to the pier level and must have been a pretty intimidating journey.
The new plaque to mark the location was unveiled by Councillor Vera Rider on Thursday July 28 2011.
The final installment in the series of 150th anniversary mosaics.
The main subject this time is the valley gardens and features the Prince Albert Memorial , section of the Halfpenny Bridge and Viaduct
The artists are Helen Gaunt and Derek Mosey with assistance from the people of Saltburn.
The fountain and troughs near the end of Grinkle Lane are a Grade II listed structure, although the sandstone is heavily eroded the 1873 date can still be seen although the rest of the wording is now difficult to read.
The initials “MGM” can be seen above the lions head, theres also “MLC”and “KLM” but there are heavily eroded now.
It was erected to the memory of Rev. Dr. Robert Morehead and Margaret his wife, by five sisters who were their grandaughters.
Rev. Dr. Morehead died at Easington Rectory on the 13th December 1842 aged 65. He produced much literary work, some of which can be found on Google Books He was born in Scotland as the 3rd laird of Herbertshire on 19 March 1777. Attended Balliol College at Oxford and became the Dean of Edinburgh. He married Margaret Wilson on 27 November 1804 and they had four sons: William Ambrose, Charles, Robert Archibald Alison, and George Jeffrey.
When built in 1935 this was designated as an Auxiliary Coastguard Watch Station
Between 1939 and 1945 it became a War Watch station, insulators on the rear of the building indicate its telephone connection to the adjacent Radar Station.
The building remained in use by the coastguard until 1972 and was rennovated in 1999 as part of the Heritage Coast Project.
It still commands excellent views over the coast.