This sculpture of an ironstone miners ‘Midge’ lamp by Graham Anderton is still a work in progress and has not yet been officially unveiled.
At the end of July 2013 it looked like this on a metal base.
In fact when it first arrived in April 2013 there was a miner with tools sat on the edge as can be seen in this photo taken by Nekoglyph (presumably he may return)
When I passed by in early August its now sitting on top of a mine spoil heap.
I have read that the railing are about to be replaced tonight, so there’s a fair chance the battered old plaque may end up on a scrap van too.
Cleveland County Council
Opened on Friday 9 December 1977
The Rt Hon W T Rodgers MP Secretary of State for Transport
Chairman of Highways and Transportation Committee
Councillor Jim Tatchell BSc (Eng) F I E E
County Surveyor and Engineer
Edwin Shaw BSc.DIP.TP C.ENG. M.I.C.E.M.R.P.T.I
Contractor A. Monk & Co Ltd
The crypt at St Marys is believed to date from 1078 – 1086 and was built over the place where St Cedd was buried.
Inside are a number of fragments of crosses and earlier church buildings.
The pillar with snakes is thought to date from the 10th century, with a much simpler sword carved onto the stone in the background.
These two fragments in the foreground may be from an 8th century shrine.
Between 1866 and 1947 Middlesbrough’s Trophy Cannon stood by the Upper Lake in Albert Park, which became known as ‘Cannon Lake’.
Clare Hindmarsh kindly let me use these photographs of the cannon taken some time between 1929 and 1933.
The cannon finally got back into the park in 2001, but the lake is long gone.
Last weekend the old shaft headgear was moved away at 50mm per minute before being replaced by a new ready assembled tower.
On Monday 5th of August the old headgear was demolished in a controlled explosion, fortunately one of my friends was there to capture it for the website.
This attractive well named after St Cedd of Lastingham was constructed in the 19th century, apparently reusing 12th century stone from Rosedale Abbey. Sadly the lions mouth is currently dry.
The wooden plaque reads.
ABBIE LASTINGAE FUNDATOR
OBIIT AD 664 ET SEPULTUS EST
IN ECCLASIA A DEXTRA ALTARIS
My Latin isn’t up to scratch, but Google Translate suggests he established the monastery at Lastingham in AD 654 (other websites suggest AD 658) and was buried in the church to the right of the altar in AD 664.
This site was originally a Bronze Age burial mound called Blakey Howe.
It was reused a cock fighting pit behind the nearby inn during the 18th-19th centuries
The marker on top could be a reused bronze age standing stone, it’s inscribed with the initials TD for Thomas Duncombe the landowner in the 18th Century.