First Fleet Plaque, Whitby

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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)

First Fleet, Whitby

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.

Robert Ridley Kitching Offices, Middlesbrough

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This sadly neglected building was once the office of the architect Robert Ridley Kitching, who later went on to be Mayor of Middlesbrough.
Robert Ridley Kitching Offices, 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.

Congregational Church, Loftus

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The Congregational Church in Loftus dates from 1906, the builder was a Mr Charles Hebditch, who also married there.

Congregational Church, Loftus
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.

Congregational Church, Loftus

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.
Congregational Church, Loftus
Congregational Church, Loftus
Congregational Church, Loftus
The corner stone carries the name Alderman C H Baines and a April 1906 date, so perhaps he opened it or layed the foundation ?

Locomotion No.1 and the Bulmer Stone

Richard Freeman kindly sent me this photo of a plaque he recently purchased
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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

1877 Temperance Hall, Loftus

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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.

1877 Temperence Hall, Loftus

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

1877 Temperence Hall, Loftus

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”