Anglo-Saxon Dragon, St Oswalds, Newton under Roseberry

Parts of the church are thought to date from the 12th century although the main tower is from 1901 by Temple Moore.St Oswalds, Newton Under Roseberry
During repairs in 1827 this stone depicting a dragon attacking a horse/cow/panther (opinions vary) was discovered under the floor, it is thought to be Anglo-Saxon.
St Oswalds, Newton Under Roseberry
A stone coffin was also found under the floor at the same time.St Oswalds, Newton Under Roseberry

Whorlton Suspension Bridge

The first bridge at Whorlton was started on 9th June 1829, on 13th October 1829 the incomplete bridge was swept away in a huge flood.

Whorlton Suspension Bridge

The foundation of the north pier of the replacement chain bridge was laid on 19th August 1830 with the main chains being slung on 1st April 1831, the complete bridge opened on 7th July 1831.

Whorlton Suspension Bridge

The architect was Mr Green of Newcastle and the builder Welsh of Gateshead. The toll booth at the north end carries a reproduction of the fees to cross.

Whorlton Suspension Bridge

Backhouse’s Bank, Preston Hall

Backhouse’s Bank was founded in 1774 in Darlington by Quaker, James Backhouse. This ‘branch’ is at Preston Hall Museum. Jonathan Backhouse was heavily involved in the £125,000 financing of the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

Backhouse Bank, Preston Hall
In 1896 Backhouse merged with other Quaker banks, Gurney of Norwich and Barclays of London to form what is still known today as Barclays Bank.
Backhouse Bank, Preston Hall

I’m not sure which branch this plaque originated from, possibly Stockton given the date and current location ?

Return of the Redcar Penguins

Despite being wrapped in black plastic yesterday, for the 1st of May the penguins have been enveiled.
Return of the Redcar Penguins
They have moved numerous times since they appeared in 1994 with the placement of the bandstand and more recently with the placement of Sinterlation.
In the background you can see that the picture postcard are back, but they now stretch the pull length of the seafront (theres a puzzle to solve if you look closely for hidden letters)