Carlton Moor Gliding Club

Carlton Moor Gliding Club had its roots in the Newcastle Gliding Club founded in 1931, becoming the Newcastle and Teesside Gliding Club when it moved to Carlton Moor in the early 1960s. For reasons unknown flights seem to have ceased at the end of  2008.
Carlton Moor Gliding Club
I visited the site in late 2011 and although vandalised there was still quite a lot of equipment lying around, I kept it off this public website to avoid it getting pillaged by scrapmen or further trashed by vandals. A friend has visited at the end of 2012 and reports that sadly the whole place is now pretty much ruined and stripped.
Carlton Moor Gliding Club
Theres a large hanger, presumably for glider storage
Carlton Moor Gliding Club
And a club hut with a workshop
Carlton Moor Gliding Club

Kitchen
Carlton Moor Gliding Club
Also an office with books recording all the flights over the years
Carlton Moor Gliding Club
Including the final flight by G Terry and D Heslop on 5th October 2008.
Carlton Moor Gliding Club
There was also a seperate accomodation hut decorated much in the style of a 1970s semi.
Carlton Moor Gliding Club
Carlton Moor Gliding Club

UPDATE : As of April 2013 the buildings have been demolished and all traces removed.

Thomas Rowland Smitheman – A Hero In Humble Life

Thomas Rowland Smitheman was born without arms and legs in 1878 and was raised to adulthood by his mother in the days before the welfare state and NHS.

He was said to be man of exceptional mental and moral character and numbered his friends in the thousands.

From 1897 onwards the readers of the North-Eastern Daily Gazette and North-Eastern Weekly Gazette subscribed a total of nearly £400 to erect a shop and cottage for Thomas and his mother, in a campaign where he was known as ‘A Hero In Humble Life’ (this equates to something in the order of £40,000 today)

Thomas Smithemans Shop, North Ormesby

The official opening event on Saturday 25th February 1899 is covered in the Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough with two illustations one of Thomas and one of the shop
Smitheman2
Smitheman3
The shop still stands with the plaque on the side at 5 Beaumont Road in North Ormesby
Thomas Smithemans Shop, North Ormesby

Records suggest Thomas died aged 69 in March 1946

Lealholm 1904 Drinking Fountain

This drinking fountain dated 1904 stands in the centre of the village.
Lealholm 1904 Drinking Fountain
The “FL” motif stands for Sir Francis Ley who was a major benefactor to the village at this time. The village also has a Ley Hall and he was involved in the building of St James Church between 1901 and 1902.
Lealholm 1904 Drinking Fountain
The stand-pipe had the makers mark Ham, Baker and Co. Ltd but this seems to have gone, a metal cup still remains chained to the wall

Thomas Bryan Jet Merchant, Whitby

Jet workshops existed in the early 1800s, but there was a huge expansion in the 1850s after its appearence at the Great Exhibition and in the 1860s due to its strong association with Queen Victoria in mourning for Prince Albert.
Thomas Bryan Jet, Whitby
This faded sign for Thomas Bryan Jet Merchant can still be seen above modern signs at the end of Baxtergate. The 1871 Census lists Thomas Bryan living here at 76 Baxtergate where an 1890s trade directory shows him based at 4 5 and 6 Princess Place with a Mrs. Margaret Bryan at 76 Baxtergate. So perhaps between those two dates.