Old Railway Bridge between Grosmont and Beck Hole

The original line between Grosmont and Beck Hole was opened in 1836 by the Whitby and Pickering Railway and was horse drawn. Steam came in 1845 when it was absorbed into the York and North Midland Railway.
Old Bridges between Beck Hole and Grosmont
The original line was closed in 1865 when a deviation was made to avoid the rope hauled incline at Beck Hole, although parts were later reused for summer services to Beck Hole and for goods.
Old Bridges between Beck Hole and Grosmont
Although the parapets are stone, the timbers in the river suggest the bridge itself was wooden.
Old Bridges between Beck Hole and Grosmont

Middlesbrough Mineral Water Company

A friend of mine with an interest in old bottles sent me the following images of a ‘Middlesbrough Mineral Water Company’ bottle.
mineral
(photo courtesy of Gavin Brett)
The gentleman on the bottle with a coat over his arm seemed very familiar, and I soon figured out it appears to be John Vaughan in the same pose as his 1884 statue.
John Vaughan Statue, Middlesbrough

South Bank Baptist Church

Plans were first made from this church around the turn of the century, as can be seen in this 1900 news clipping. It was actually constructed in 1905 having been designed by G. Baines & Son
1900
There are two heavily eroded sandstone dedication stones, the first seems to relate to a Mr Doggart of Bishop Auckland from 1905.
South Bank, Baptist Church
And a Miss G Davies of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
South Bank, Baptist Church
The church itself is made of red brick and is still in good condition despite sadly being now fortified with barbed wire and metal plates over the windows.
South Bank, Baptist Church
To the rear of the building are two much later dedication stones.
South Bank, Baptist Church
A very clear one from Arthur Graydon, Teesville, July 4th 1934.
South Bank, Baptist Church
And also now eroded badly, ? T. Grassham, ? House Eston, 1934.
South Bank, Baptist Church
Those presumably relate to the later hall at the rear.

Old Weir / Fish Ponds – Kildale

In the woods just to the North of Kildale are the remains of a large weir.
Ruined Weir, Kildale
Ruined Weir, Kildale

Ruined Weir, Kildale
Ruined Weir, Kildale
The first OS Map from 1856 and subsequent editions marks this area as “Old Fish Ponds”
1894
A great flood is recorded to have taken place in Kildale in 1840 by the breaking of a dam at Kildale Hall.
1840
Although I cannot say for sure, this seems the likely the location of that event as the river now flows to the North around the old weir.

St Peters, Commondale

St Peters in Commondale was built in 1897/1898 with red bricks from the adjacent brickworks.
St Peters Commondale
The foundation stone was laid on August 11th 1897 by G. Claud Braddell, who appears to have been a trustee of the church land charity. It is in memory of Admiral Thomas Chalenor who died in 1884.
St Peters Commondale
A plaque inside shows the chuch was consecrated on December 7th 1898 and its links to Rev Francis Henry Morgan who was rector from 1862 to 1900
St Peters Commondale
The church contains some more modern looking stained glass.
St Peters Commondale
The name Commondale is said to be derived from Colmandale, St Colman was 3rd Bishop of Lindisfarne.
St Peters Commondale