This sign for Vansittart Terrace sits on what is now Coatham Road
Coatham Road came into existance around 1935 when Portland, Victoria, Cleveland, Bentinck, Vansittart and Theresa Terraces were combined.
Henry Vansittart (10 July 1784 – 22 April 1848) married Teresa Newcomen the widow of Sir Charles Turner and gained Turner’s Kirkleatham estate.
This metal pin would have been the mounting point for a Blacker Bombard 29mm Anti-Tank Mortar
This firing position on Loftus has an excellent view of the railway station.
Despite regularly driving past I had failed to notice this in the last 12 years until I finally spotted this stone circle in a park.
On closer investigation the slate monoliths mark the hours on a sundial.
You stand on the appropriate footsteps for the time of year and then your shadow is cast towards the time.
Sadly despite only being just over 10 years old the area was covered in broken glass and the paths are getting overgrown.
There also some small mosaics of local scenes on the dial.
The Forum cinema dates in 1939 and closed in 1965 when the site was taken over by Walter Bakers furniture store which closed recently, although it has now re-opened as Beevers.
A broken sign for the Forum can still be seen on top of the building
Inside the building can easily be identified as a cinema with a foyer and banked seating areas, this plan is displayed at the back of Beevers showroom.
A short video by the Normanby Local History Group is included below
The ‘Bible Christians’ were a Methodist denomination formed in 1815 and centered on Devon and Cornwall.
I think there’s a very strong possibility that miners from that area migrated to Cleveland to work in the mines and brought this specific brand of religion with them, as emigrants from Devon and Cornwall also took the religion to America and Canada.
The church name ceased to exist in 1907 when they merged to become the United Methodist Church which itself merged in 1932 to become the Methodist Church of Great Britain.
These old signs have recently been uncovered while this shop on Marton Road is being refitted
I don’t know when the Middlesbrough Co-operative Society ceased to exist, but suspect it was some time in the early 1970s. I also have no specific details on when this branch was open other than a recollection elsewhere of one window being a butchers in the 1950’s
Update : The new shop is now complete and the signs are hopefully just hidden again rather than destroyed.
This area of Linthorpe Cemetery is entiely populated with the identical simple gravestones of Quakers.
It pre-dates the rest of cemetery hugely as it was established in 1660, all the original stone were removed in 1717 as was the custom of the time for Quakers. Between 1745 and 1855 other sites were used before burial resumed here with the simple gravestones up until the present day.
The current main Linthorpe graveyard surrounding this one was not established until 1869.