This sundial was unveiled by Baroness Dean, chairman of the Housing Corporation on 13th March 2002 on the offical re-opening of the Almshouses after their renovation.
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.
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.
Theres a large hanger, presumably for glider storage
And a club hut with a workshop
Also an office with books recording all the flights over the years
Including the final flight by G Terry and D Heslop on 5th October 2008.
There was also a seperate accomodation hut decorated much in the style of a 1970s semi.
UPDATE : As of April 2013 the buildings have been demolished and all traces removed.
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)
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
The shop still stands with the plaque on the side at 5 Beaumont Road in North Ormesby
Records suggest Thomas died aged 69 in March 1946
This morning the MPI Adventure was working on the wind turbines off Redcar.
The ship is 138.55 metres long with six 73m jacking legs to lift it clear of the water, the crane has a capacity of 1,000 tonnes.
This drinking fountain dated 1904 stands in the centre of the village.
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.
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
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.
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.
A landslide occured immediately in front of Aelfleda Terrace on 27th November 2012, the 150-year-old former jetworkers’ cottages were very quickly demolished afterwards.
The heavy rain has provoked a further scare near Fortunes Kippers, here the same area viewed from Google Streetview before the collapse.