Two boats from Whitby the Fishburn and the Golden Grove were part of the First Fleet that set out for Botany Bay in Australia on 13th May 1787, both arriving on 20th January 1788 (less that 8 years after the discovery by Captain Cook)
The fleet consisted of six convict transports carrying over 700 prisoners to the penal colony, three food and supply transports which included the Fishburn and Golden Grove, two Naval escorts the HMS Sirius and HMS Supply.
The plaque was unveiled by Sir Donald Barron on 25th June 1988 as part of the bicentenary.
This one is identical to the previous post, but has lost its original stand pipe.
The “FL” motif stands for Sir Francis Ley who was a major benefactor to the village at this time.
The metal cup is still in place.
When I first visted this in 2010 the information sign was in a sorry state and hardly legiable.
Its since been replaced with a new one which has an old photograph of the 1911 dig on the cliff edge.
And also this plan of the site.
This sadly neglected building was once the office of the architect Robert Ridley Kitching, who later went on to be Mayor of Middlesbrough.
The building is now considered by some to be an eyesore and is scheduled for demolition and re-development, although it is probably unique and well before its time in terms of design.
I’m fairly certain this is a stench pipe judging from its similarilty to other local ones, its the first i’ve seen in Saltburn though.
It was directly adjacent to a current manhole so theres a good chance
The Congregational Church in Loftus dates from 1906, the builder was a Mr Charles Hebditch, who also married there.
In later years it was the Loftus United Reformed Church which closed in the 1990s. Sadly it’s now in a sad state of disrepair stuck in a stalled redevelopment as flats by a London owner. Its rare open-air pulpit has already been lost. It was apparently up for sale again for £30,000 in 2012.
One entrance carries the inscription “Bolton Memorial School” although I have not yet traces its exact origin. A large number of initialled stones appear around the base of the church, presumably placed to record those who contributed to its construction.
The corner stone carries the name Alderman C H Baines and a April 1906 date, so perhaps he opened it or layed the foundation ?
Richard Freeman kindly sent me this photo of a plaque he recently purchased
It depicts Locomotion No.1 and the Bulmer Stone. The Head of Steam museum has the mould for these which was made by Stephen Bell in 1909 with the plaque being registered as a medal design in 1911.
They appear to have been sold by the Pawnbroker, Arthur E Berry of 58 – 61 Northgate
The Temperance movement was strong in the late 1800’s, often helped by Quaker mine owners such as Pease who preferred their employees to be here instead of drinking themselves silly in the local pubs.
The dedication stone is very worn, but I interpret it as :-
Laid by W Lapsley Marske
On behalf of Plant of Renown Lodge
I.O.G.T. June 11 1877
William Lapsley is listed on 1881 census in Zetland Terrace in Marske as a ‘Temperance Missionary’ and he has links to the Pease family.
I.O.G.T stands for International Organisation of Good Templars who would have been active in the Temperance movement at this time.
“Plant of Renown” is the name given to this Loftus Lodge, which comes from Ezekiel 34:29 – ‘And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.’
Other local lodges were “Charltons Excelsior” at Margrove Park, “Hope of Lingdale”, “Star of Brotton” “Dawn of Peace” and “Star of Hope”