St Marks Church, Marske

After the series of lost buildings, you might be wondering why i’m posting an existing one ?
Marske Church
The sharp-eyed will notice the top of the tower doesn’t look like it does today, that’s because the 1866 / 1867 original caught fire on Easter Sunday 1902 and the roof burnt off. Once you know this it’s obvious that the current top is a totally different type of stone.

Marton Hall

Continuing the series of lost buildings from Rev. Atkinsons ‘History of Cleveland Ancient and Modern’. Marton Hall was built for ironmaster Henry Bolckow in the 1850s

Marton Hall

After falling into disrepair, it remained in Stewart Park until demolition started, during which on the 4th June 1960 it burnt down, a mystery which was only recently solved in 2012

Marton Hall

All that remains today is the collonade.hall3

Grosmont Ironworks Drawing

Another image from Rev. Atkinsons ‘History of Cleveland Ancient and Modern’ that shows a hugely different scene from today in the village of Grosmont, now known for the steam trains. This shows a heavy industrial scene with blast furnaces for producing iron which remained until 1892.

Grosmont Ironworks

Some pieces of the blast furnaces do still stand in the car-park which I visited back 2010


Upleatham Hall

Upleatham Hall dated from the 17th century and was worked on over the years by John Carr , Sir Robert Smirke and Ignatius Bonomi. It was the seat of the Earl of Zetland.
Upleatham Hall
In 1897 subsidence due to intentional ironstone mining lead to the house being demolished.
Upleatham A
This decorative panel on the wall of a current building on the site looks like it might be part of the original.
Part of Upleatham Hall ?

Grave of Captain John Bell DSC, Redcar

Captain John Bell was transporting coal on the SS Thordis off Beachy Head on February 28th 1915 when his boat was attacked by a German submarine.
Captain John Bell DSC Grave, Redcar
Captain John Bell DSC Grave, Redcar
With his unarmed ship he managed to ram the periscope and became the first to sink a U-boat, the captain and his crew were given a total reward of £860, the equivalent of £75,000 today.

His Distinguished Service Order medal and engraved watch came up for action in 2013.

This grave has also been restored by Friends of Redcar Cemetery, their Chairman Ged Fleming add :-

The monies needed for the refurbishment of Capt Bell’s memorial was provided by a Nationwide collection through the Merchant Navy Association by a Stockton member Billy McGee.We recommended a stone mason and arranged for a dedication service attended by Capt Bell’s family.One of the family brought a bottle of beer which rested against the stone for three year before it disappeared