Skelton Ghostsign – Thubrons Wine and Spirits

Would anyone like to have a go at deciphering this one ? Paint has stayed on the sandstone parts but completely gone from the bricks (or they could be a later replacement)
Ghostsign Skelton
I think it says “Wines and Spirits” at the bottom with the initials “W. A.”

Dave Walsh has discovered there was a Wine and Spirits merchant called “James Thompson Wood” living at this house in the 1901 census.

Bill Danby has come up with the following which certainly seems to fit sign.

From an immediate search of my website, the Parish Rate book of 1913 shows that the premises 5-7 High St were still occupied by James T Wood and owned by James Thompson. Rates were 13s 5d [about 67p] The Directory for 1937 shows that the shop was still a wine and spirit merchant, but now occupied by William Thubron.
In the 1940’s it was still Thubron’s and I would say the bottom half of the remaining letters look more like THUBRON than Wood or Dowson as suggested on your webpages.
I can personally vouch for the existence of this shop, as when I was aged about 9 in 1949, I went carol singing with my mate Maurice Ward. With the amazing 7 shillings earnings for sacred songs, we bought a bottle of port at Thubron’s and downed it between us and therefore had our very first hangovers. Did not stop us boozing though.
From memory Thubrons also had a shop in Manless Terrace, Skelton Green.
I cannot say when the businesses ceased to trade.

Old All Saints Church, Skelton

All Saints in Skelton was built in 1785 by John Hall-Stevenson although it incorporates parts of an older church on the site which it replaced.
All Saints Skelton
The church became redundant in 1884 when the new church was constructed on the High Street where the font and one of the bells were moved to.
All Saints Skelton
All Saints Skelton
The church is currently in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust
All Saints Skelton
Inside there is an interesting memorial to the Trotter Family of Skelton Castle, giving a short family history of John Trotter who died in 1701 and his wife Elizabeth who dies in 1726.
All Saints Skelton
Also John Calvert from 1705 who its recorded left money to provide for the poor in Moorsholm.
All Saints Skelton

Lutenist Peter Lagan will be playing for visitors to the church from 12pm on Saturday 1st September 2012.

Rushpool Hall

Rushpool Hall has very strong links to the ironstone industry, especially as it is built from main seam ironstone from the Skelton Shaft mine, for John Bell of the Bell Brothers company between 1862 and 1865. After Bells death in 1888 another ironmaster Sir Arthur Dorman of Dorman Long lived in the house.
Rushpool Hall
Rushpool Hall
The hall was nearly destroyed by fire on 20th February 1904 after which it was renovated and lived in by Sir Joseph Walton, colliery owner and MP.

In later years it became a boarding school in the 1940s and switched to its current role as a hotel in 1986 (thanks to Callum for the update in the comments)

New Alpha Place Memorial, Saltburn

Alpha Place was Saltburns first street and existed between 1860 and 1901 before being demolished to allow Milton Street to be expanded.
Alpha Place Memorial, Saltburn
The new stone is a copy of the original which is still on Marine Parade
Alpha Place Stone, Saltburn
The rear of the moument lists those who contributed to the monument (myself included)
Alpha Place Memorial, Saltburn
The unveiled was performed by Cathleen Lynn, Callum Duff and Tony Lynn on Saturday 11th August 2012.

Ormesby Beck meets the Tees

Things look pretty un-inspiring when you start behind the ‘Navigation’ near to the Riverside Stadium with the beck just being a concrete sided trough with clogged rubbish traps.
Ormesby Beck
As you move east things take a turn of the better.
Ormesby Beck
A little futher on are some gates, perhaps some sort of flood defence as this area will be tidal ?
Ormesby Beck
After these it becomes rather pleasant with some ducks being seen.
Ormesby Beck
The beck then takes a sharp turn to the north and join up with River Tees.
Ormesby Beck joins the Tees

This would have been a very industrial location in the past surrounded by iron works, although the area to the south was a marsh. It doesn’t exist on the 1858 map as the beck flows under the railway near to the Navigation Inn, but this redirection to the opposite side of railway exists on the 1894 map perhaps due to the construction of the Ormesby Ironworks.

Tuxedo Royale, Middlebrough

TSS Dover was a cross channel car ferry built by Swan Hunter on the Tyne in 1965. In 1977 she was renamed the Earl Siward and in 1982 the Sol Express based in Cyprus.
Tuxedo Royale (sinking)
Most people however know her under her last rename as the floating nightclub Tuxedo Royale.
Tuxedo Royale (sinking)
The nightclub operated in Middlesbrough between 2000 and 2006 before being forced out for the Middlehaven development (which is barely much further on 6 years later)
After a spell at Able UK ship-breakers near the Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station she is now back at their site on the banks of the Tees, listing.

North Gare / Seaton Snook Wharf Light

Challenging my readers has already worked in the past, so what do you make of this ?
North Gare Mystery
It stands isolated on its own jetty with a ladder from the base, one to its door and one onto the top. It is adjacent to a jetty and the pillbox.

The only suggestion i’ve seen so far is some sort of decompression tank although the apparently lack of windows would have made it pretty awful to spend any time in.

UPDATE : Following Daves suggestion I checked the old maps, which I didn’t do in the first place for some reason. They have it labelled as “Seaton Snook Wharf Light (Double Flashing Red)” Presumably the actual light was on top and had been removed and inside I would guess was something electrical ?

UPDATE 2 : Thanks to Mike : The ‘tank’ once had a lantern fixed to the top. This was fuelled by bottled gas.
The gas cylinders were stored inside the tank and changed when necessary by the buoy attendant. During the 1960s this was James (Little Jimmy) Robson of Seaton Carew.

North Gare Seaplane Slipway, Seaton Channel

In the First World War between October 1917 and May 1919  the Royal Flying Corps had a base for seaplanes on the Seaton Channel know as “Seaton Carew II”.

Some sources name this as the No.36 Home Defence Squadron although No. 246 Squadron seems to be more fitting.
WW1 Sea Plane Slipway, North Gare
Seaplanes flown from here were the Sopwith Baby and Short 184 (perhaps the Short 320 too although sources differ)

Although overgrown and eroded the launching slipway can still easily be seen.
WW1 Sea Plane Slipway, North Gare