Its been a while since I found a ‘new’ stench pipe but I know they have a special place the hearts of a couple of readers.
This lovely example is on Marton Burn Road.
Oxgang Bridge was on what is now Plantation Road and is marked on every Ordnance Survey map since the first edition, it is where Roger Dyke / West Dyke passes under the road between Marske and Kirkleatham.
I took these photos on an evening in 2007 in poor light and always intended to get better photo and find out something more about the bridge, at this point just the sides of the bridge were visible.
Since that time the side have also been removed leaving no trace of the bridge, although presumably the rest of the structure is still buried under the road.
Also of interest is the Fever Hospital and mortuary just upstream which is now the site of the Grewgrass Lodges
While walking in Linthorpe Cemetary I noticed this large obelisk erected to commemorate Thomas Carlton.
It includes the interesting inscription ‘Erected by the blast furnacemen in recognition of deceased in the service as their secretary, more especially in assiting to secure shorter hours of toil’
A little digging in the newspaper archives uncovered these details from his obituary on January 6th 1899.
Thomas Carlton was the Secretary of the Cleveland and South Durham Branch of the National Federation of Blast-furnacemen. Originally from Lincolnshire he moved to Cleveland in 1871 and worked in the ironstone mines, presumably at Upleatham Mine as he was president of the Marske Institute when it opened in 1875.
He helped secure an 8 hour working day for blast furnacemen at Ormesby, Seaton Carew and Carlton Ironworks (reduced from 12 hours) around 1894.
The picture from the Flickr Photostream of Bolckow shows a banner featuring the same portrait.
The plan below dates from 1917 and shows the proposed layout of the new garden city of Dormanton (known to us now as Dormanstown)
Although the basic layout of crescents around the green and shops around Ennis Square is correct, there are a lot of differences to how it actually turned out. A major one being at road to a proposed new railway station which was never built and direct footpaths across the marsh to Warrenby and the Redcar Ironworks. Also locations marked such as a hospital, chapel, library and technical school that I don’t think ever existed.
The first wave of building actually took place between 1917 and 1920, a light railway existed direct from the works to bring in materials, which can still be seen on earlier OS maps.
These two plaques in Loftus Town Hall records that the town adopted Motor Torpedo Boat 57 during Warship Week from Novenber 29th to December 6th 1941.
Motor Torpedo Boat was the name given to fast torpedo boats by the Royal Navy, MTB 57 was a Vosper 70 ft, with Hall Scott engines, armaments were two 21-inch torpedo tubes, one 0.50-inch machine guns and two 0.303-inch machine guns.
Fortunately this excellent photograph of MTB57 in action exists which I was kindly allowed to re-use thanks to http://www.navyphotos.co.uk/
Also in the town hall is a letter of thanks from the Commanding Officer of the Coastal Force Base in Maddalena, Sardinia
The town hall holds a pair of plaques recognising the contribution of Loftus to the war.
The 1943 plaque was presented by the Air Ministry for ‘Wings For Victory’ week which was 1st – 8th May 1943 when civilians would have been asked to save their money in Government accounts, such as War Bonds, Savings Bonds, Defence Bonds and Savings Certificates.
‘Salute the Soldier’ week was a similar fund raising campaign 17th – 24th June 1944 and presented by the War Office.
The Zetland family originally erected this wooden memorial outside the Town Hall in 1919 where it remained until 1949.
The memorial was then misplaced, Councillor Eric Jackson began looking for it in 1982, but it wasn’t until 2001 it was finally rediscovered in the Cemetary Chapel in East Loftus. The restored memorial was unveiled by Mayor Gerry Dickinson in August 2008.
It carries the words “‘Is it nothing to you, all ye who pass by”
These two boards list the deceased members of Court Dundas 747 of the Ancient Order of Foresters in Loftus, they cover the years from 1880 until around the First World War in 1914
The Ancient Order of Foresters was formed in 1834 and the Loftus Lodge was formed in 1839, members would pay weekly into a fund, which provided sick pay and funeral grants when needed.
The boards were recovered from the clock tower and restored in 2001, the society still exists as the Foresters Friendly Society although its local role would have diminished with the formation of the national health service and the welfare state.
Charles Acklam Tyreman was killed in the Eston Ironstone mines on September 2nd 1907 aged 23
He was kirving (a coal mining term for undercutting) in the bottom part of the seam when a piece of stone suddenly burst away from a natural break in the upper part of the seam, and, falling upon him, caused fatal injuries.
There are two sets of navigation lights in Redcar that are used to guide boats through the rocks.
The second set are at either end of King Street, one on the Esplanade and one in the High Street. When aligned these mark the ‘Luffway’ a gap between the ‘West Scar’ and ‘Salt Scar’ rocks.
Many thanks to Ray at Redcar Coastwatch for the information.