Olympic Flame in Redcar

Fortunately I only had to walk a couple of minutes from my front door to capture this one.
Olympic Flame in Redcar
A large convoy of promotional lorries came through first to get everyone hyped up.
Olympic Flame in Redcar
I’ll have to search for myself taking this photo.
Olympic Flame in Redcar
Then the torch arrived.
Olympic Flame in Redcar
I’m not sure who the torchbearer is there as he doesn’t seem to be any of the people listed on the official website for this section.
Olympic Flame in Redcar

Redcar Figures Sculpture

This piece seems to be known simply as ‘Redcar Figures Sculpture’ by J Tweedy in 1999Redcar Figures Sculpture
There’s a mermaid, lifeboatman and Captain Cook (a tenuous link, his sister and father have Redcar connections)
Redcar Figures Sculpture
A pirate complete with parrot, hook, eye-patch and peg-leg ? (i’ve never heard of any association of Redcar with pirates real or fictional)
Redcar Figures Sculpture

Finally theres a genuine piece of Redcar history with Gertrude Bell on a camel.

 

Newham Grange Farm

The Hopper family bought Newham Grange in 1809, a stone by the gates remains from a building dating from August 1840 laid by Isaac Hopper
Newham Grange Farm
A second plaque from 1847, still on a building also bears his name.
Newham Grange Farm
The farm was sold to the Council by Albert Hopper in 1976 as the land around it became the town of Coulby Newham and the A174 parkway, the farm itself has since become a tourist attraction.

Old Sea Wall revealed, Redcar

Thanks to Dave Woods for pointing out that the work to renew the sea wall at Redcar has revealed something interesting. When the concrete has been removed from the area in front of the Park Hotel a solid sandstone wall has been revealed.
Redcar Old Seawall
I suspect this might be short lived as the new sea wall will be going on top of it.
Redcar Old Seawall
I’ve dug out an old photo which shows the same wall, although I have no idea of its date.

Update : This is hidden from view once more now the work in this area has progressed

Winterschladens 1885 – 1980

What is now the Cornerhouse nightclub was for 95 years the premises of wine importer Joseph Winterschladen
Middlesbrough Railway Station

Winterschladen was born in Cologne in 1842, he came to Middlesbrough in 1865, his grave can be found in St Cuthberts churchyard, Marton.

Middlesbrough Cornerhouse
Middlesbrough Cornerhouse

Heres a vintage photo of the location from the Kirklees Image Archive, who kindly allow use of the photos for non-Commercial purposes.