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.
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.
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.
The church is currently in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust
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.
Also John Calvert from 1705 who its recorded left money to provide for the poor in Moorsholm.
Lutenist Peter Lagan will be playing for visitors to the church from 12pm on Saturday 1st September 2012.
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)
Alpha Place was Saltburns first street and existed between 1860 and 1901 before being demolished to allow Milton Street to be expanded.
The new stone is a copy of the original which is still on Marine Parade
The rear of the moument lists those who contributed to the monument (myself included)
The unveiled was performed by Cathleen Lynn, Callum Duff and Tony Lynn on Saturday 11th August 2012.
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.
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.
As you move east things take a turn of the better.
A little futher on are some gates, perhaps some sort of flood defence as this area will be tidal ?
After these it becomes rather pleasant with some ducks being seen.
The beck then takes a sharp turn to the north and join up with River 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.
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.