While walking in Linthorpe Cemetary I noticed this large obelisk erected to commemorate Thomas Carlton.
It includes the interesting inscription ‘Erected by theÂ blast furnacemen in recognition of deceased in the service as their secretary, more especiallyÂ in assiting to secure shorter hours of toil’
A little digging in the newspaper archives uncovered these details fromÂ 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 workedÂ in the ironstone mines,Â presumablyÂ at Upleatham Mine as he was president of the MarskeÂ Institute when it opened in 1875.
He helped secure an 8 hour working day for blast furnacemen at Ormesby, Seaton Carew and Carlton IronworksÂ (reduced from 12 hours) around 1894.
The picture from the Flickr Photostream of Bolckow shows a banner featuring the same portrait.