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)
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.
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.
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)
The original knitting was removed, repaired and returned just in time for the Olympics with this additional item.
I didn’t visit during that period, but I assume this addition must have come after the athletes success.
The existing Diamond Jubilee display seems to have been enhanced with a new knitted Prince Harry in Vegas.
Must be a first for knitting to be covering current affairs ?
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.
Most people however know her under her last rename as the floating nightclub Tuxedo Royale.
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.
Challenging my readers has already worked in the past, so what do you make of this ?
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.
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.
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.