Tuesday 24th April – Selby Hagg and Saltburn Alum Works

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Skelton History Group
Tuesday 24th April – Selby Hagg and Saltburn alum works

Distance: 4 miles; Ascent 490ft; Duration 3-3½ hours Meet at 10:30am in Cat Nab car park (NZ 668 215). This is a pay-and-display car park, so have plenty of change with you. This out and back route will take us up Saltburn Gill to the site of Selby Hagg alum works. From there, as we retrace our steps through the Gill, we will be following the route taken by the alum liquor as it made its way to the alum house at Saltburn. Although mostly on level ground, there are two or three steep ascents/descents (inevitable given the narrow, wooded gorges in our area).

The pace of the walks is leisurely, with regular stops to admire the view (especially when going uphill!) and to hear about the heritage around us.

A charge of £2 per person will be made on each walk to offset the costs of Insurance. Please wear appropriate footwear and have clothing suitable for the likely weather conditions on that day. It is suggested that you bring food and drink as we usually stop between midday and 1:00pm for a lunch break.

Further details can be had from: skeltonhistorygroup@gmail.com or by contacting Peter Appleton (Tel: 01287 281752)

Skelton Community Mosaic

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This mosaic was installed in September 2017 as part of the Skelton Townscape Heritage Project 

It was researched, designed and produced by the combined efforts of Skelton Villages Civic Pride, Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Community Development staff, the Skelton History Group, pupils at Skelton Primary School and Community artists Helen Jane Gaunt and Derek Mosey.

Skelton Through The Ages 1086 – 2017

      • 1086: The Domesday Book records the manor of Skelton
      • Arms of de Brus: Robert de Brus built the first castle in 12th Century
      • Skelton Castle: building the present castle began in 1788
      • Medieval agriculture: farming was an important part of village life for centuries
      • The old Parish Church: built 1785/86 on the foundations of the 13th Century church
      • A miner and his lamp: the ironstone mining boom in Skelton began in the 1860s

    Skelton Mosaic

    • The High Street and a new Parish Church followed in the 1870s and 1880s
    • A Cleveland Bay horse, England’s oldest breed, pulling a milk cart
    • A Swift flying overhead: their screams are a typical sound of summer
    • The War Memorial: commemorating the dead of two World Wars
    • The Cleveland Way: opened in May 1969
    • The Whipping Post: public punishment on the village green

    Skelton Mosaic

    • Ringrose Community Orchard: a new development, the heritage of the future
    • Children dance round the Maypole in front of the old Infants’ School
    • A sword dancer performing the Long Sword dance
    • 2017 – Planted tubs and a new tree reflect the latest changes

    Skelton Mosaic

Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington

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This pillbox is only a short distance from the one on the opposite side of the bridge, but of a completely different construction.
Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
It’s been made from concrete blocks and beams, with a couple of rows of bricks at the top.
Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
The roof is now gone and the walls badly cracked, so i’m not sure it would have stood up to any heavy attack should it ever have been needed.
Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington

Pillbox West of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington

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This Pillbox is one of a pair defending the Blackwell Bridge crossing of the River Skerne in Darlington
Pillbox West of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
The structure is now deeply buried in the undergrowth and tricky to approach
Pillbox West of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
The pillbox itself is not like any other i’ve ever seen, it seems to have been constructed from pre-fabricated sections
Pillbox West of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
Several areas have ripples that look like they were cast against corrugated iron sheets
Pillbox West of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington

Wednesday 21st March – Coal, Quakers, Railways & Ironstone

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Skelton History Group
Wednesday 21st March – Coal, Quakers, Railways & Ironstone

Distance: 3½ miles; Ascent 450ft; Duration: 3½-4 hours Meet at 10:30am outside Skelton Library, on Coniston Road, Skelton. The season opens with a circular walk that takes in Skelton, North Skelton and Hollybush. The heritage comes thick and fast: Frank Wild, Antarctic explorer; the lands of Robert de Brus; medieval trackways; Skelton’s coal mines; the Quaker burial ground; the last ironstone mine to close, at North Skelton; the railway station at North Skelton, and the Longacre ironstone mine.

The pace of the walks is leisurely, with regular stops to admire the view (especially when going uphill!) and to hear about the heritage around us.

A charge of £2 per person will be made on each walk to offset the costs of Insurance. Please wear appropriate footwear and have clothing suitable for the likely weather conditions on that day. It is suggested that you bring food and drink as we usually stop between midday and 1:00pm for a lunch break.

Further details can be had from: skeltonhistorygroup@gmail.com or by contacting Peter Appleton (Tel: 01287 281752)

Norton National School

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Norton National School was built in 1833. by the “National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church in England and Wales” which had been founded in 1811 to support the building of National Schools on behalf of the Anglican Church.

Norton National School

In later years it has been a Sunday School, for Scout and Guide meeting and as St. Marys Church Parish Hall.
Norton National School

Shipwreck in Petrified Forest, Redcar

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The recent uncovering of the petrified forest at Redcar has been the subject of much media attention, with news crews and visitors swarming over the beach taking photos.

The last time I remember seeing it, was back in the early days of this website in 2007 when there was only me taking photos, although to be honest it was nowhere near as spectacular as this time around.

The biggest difference this time is the uncovering of a wreck that i’ve never seen before
Redcar Petrified Forest Shipwreck
Redcar Petrified Forest Shipwreck
Redcar Petrified Forest Shipwreck
Redcar Petrified Forest Shipwreck
Redcar Petrified Forest Shipwreck

I don’t think at this time anyone has been able to confirm any age or identity of the ship. A list of possibilities can be found here :- http://www.redcar.org/shipwrecks-part-1/

With the huge number of wrecks that occurred in the past, its going to be difficult to know.

Underground Exploration in the Esk Valley – 12th March 2018

CLEVELAND INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY LECTURE
Underground Exploration of some of the Mines in the Esk Valley

By Simon Chapman author of Grosmont and its mines
Monday 12th March at 7:30 pm
Saltburn Community Centre Hall

In recent years members of the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society have been clearing, identifying and exploring some of the mines along the Esk Valley. This is a rare chance to see some images and hear about the work undertaken by the group in association with the landowners. Simon Chapman, author of Grosmont and its Mines, Commondale Mine etc. will tell the story of some of these mines and give a glimpse of a moment in time long since hidden.