8th in a series of 11 plaques, erected by Arts UK to mark the areas ironstone history.
In a patriotic outburst, the local mine company named its ore mines after victories in the Crimean War – Alma, Sebastopol and Inkerman. They had all closed by 1923.
Returning to this series with the 6th of 11 plaques, erected by Arts UK to mark the areas ironstone history.
The strict anti drinking laws of the local mine owners led to many miners turning their back rooms into bars known as ‘Shebeens’. In 1887 the local policeman was injured raiding a Shebeen on this street. He was forced to retire, becoming the town’s postman.
A series of 8 fountains were donated to the people of Darlington by Joseph Pease in 1866, this is the third and final one i’ve been able to locate (although I happily await any correction on that)
It bears the inscription ‘Water for the Thirsty” although the metal fountain part may not be original as its an identical design to the 1950s one on Tees Cottage.
Happily this particular fountain has been restored when compared to this 1981 picture of it looking in much poorer condition.
The SSI Redcar Blast was ceremonially relit over the weekend by Wills Waterfield, the son of union boss Geoff Waterfield, who led the campaign to bring steelmaking back to Teesside but sadly died last year.
Things are progressing and actual steelmaking production should restart very soon, Torpedos are ready and waiting.
This fountain in a sorry state can be found on the outside wall of the Tees Cottage Pumping Station.
The plaque reads :-
1850 – 1950
A Gift to Wayfarers
Commemorating the Centenary of the Darlington Women’s Temperance Society
It has deteriorated a lot since this 1981 photo was taken.