Memories of exploring Steetley Magnesite in 2007

These shots were taken in 2007 shortly after my first visit when it looked like this.
Steetley Magnesite Hartlepool 30/04/07
At this time it was possible to climb inside the huge storage tanks
Steetley 2007
Steetley 2007
Steetley 2007
The scale of the ‘stirrer’ was quite something.
Steetley 2007
A set of ladders gave access to the top, but sadly (or perhaps wisely?) I never took the opportunity to climb them.
Steetley 2007

The sides of the tank were caked in a thick residue, i’ve not been for many years but as far as I know this site is now pretty much flattened.

North Ormesby Pavilion

There is much conflicting information on this site, so any local knowledge would help.
pav
The Evening Gazette claims the building originally opened in 1911 as the Grand Electric Theatre , becoming known as the Pavilion Picture Palace in 1915 (or maybe 1914). It closed as a cinema in 1963 (or maybe 1960). It was known as the Playbarn in the 1970s and is now once again a community centre called the Pavilion.

However the Theatre Trust say its dates from 1906, became a cinema in 1916, closed in the mid-1950s and became a bingo hall.

The community centre was refurbished in 2006 which is when the current outside decoration probably dates from.
North Ormesby Pavilion
North Ormesby Pavilion

UPDATE : Demolished 23rd August 2013

Unbuilt Dorman Long HQ

In 1965 Dorman Long had plans drawn up for a new modern headquarters building designed by Sir James Stirling. The following photos of the plans and model were taken by Steve Collins in an exhibition at the Tate Modern in 2011, he’s kindly allowed me to use them, you can find his Flickr photostream here
dorman long drawing
Plans were advanced enough that a scale model of the proposed building was constructed.
dorman long model

Of course the building was never constructed because the company was nationalised in 1967 becoming part of British Steel.  At first I had assumed it was to be built in the same location as the 1970s Steel House, but this photo montage suggests it was to be built further down the Trunk Road near Grangetown 

Unbuilt Dorman Long HQ

Acklam Ironworks

Three 70ft furnaces of the Acklam Ironworks were blown in by Stevenson, Jacques & Company in December 1865, they were places on wooden piles driven into a marsh, in an area which become known as the Ironmasters district of Middlesbrough. At this point they are using ironstone from the Brotton ironstone mine as the companys own mine at Boosbeck had not started.
Acklam Blast2
A fourth furnace was added in 1868.

Acklam Furnace

They passed into the ownership of the Acklam Iron Company in 1888 and in turn to North Eastern Steel Company in 1896, which then become part of Dorman Long around 1904.

A 1924 Dorman Long publication shows a photo of the furnaces.
Acklam Ironworks

Kirkleatham Owl Centre need supplies

With the bad weather and low temperatures we’re experiencing, the Kirkleatham Owl Centre have made an appeal for supplies. In particular old blankets, towels, straw and wood shaving to help them keep the animals warm and dry.

Here’s a rescued hedgehog in my old picnic rug._facebook_-803624276

In winter they are open to the public 11am to 3pm Thursday to Sunday.

Save Skinningrove Jetty

A group has been started to raise awareness and hopefully funding to safeguard the future of the Skinningrove Jetty

Skinningrove Jetty

Preserving the historical structure is certainly a cause I can fully get behind. Sadly despite the effort of one councillor for many years,  certain other members of the council appear to see it as little more than an inconvenience rather than an important piece of local history and an asset which people enjoy.

Dorman Long Building – South Bank

This building is now part of the TTE training group, although it was originally Dorman Longs training centre. I don’t know if its the one that was recently refurbished or if its Edison House ?

Dorman Long, South Bank
The location is empty on 1950s maps and Dorman Long ceased to exist in 1967 so it must date from between those date, the logo can be seen on the wall.
Dorman Long Sign, South Bank

Waterfall / Spa Wood Culverts

Between the Waterfall Viaduct and the old road bridge the beck goes through an old culvert
Culvert next to railway, Slapewath
It looks like it was constructed from brick after the substantial sandstone wall which supports the embankment on which the railway ran (although that is also being undermined by the water)
Spa Wood Culvert
Internally the culvert in not in fantastic shape as large chunks of its concrete lining have peeled away.
Spa Wood Culvert
Passing under the old road bridge the large modern culvert which runs under the A171 can be seen.
Spa Wood Culvert