This impressive tunnel carries Billingham Beck under what was originally the Clarence Railway.
Not sure if this is the original 1830s construction or the bricks are later, there also seems to be a reinforcement or repair a short distance in on concrete.
This tunnel carried the mill race for Norton Water Mill underneath the Clarence Railway embankment that was built in the early 1830s. The modern railway still passes above.
The mill itself stood about 500m South, now underneath the A19.
First batch that I posted on Facebook this week, thought it a good idea to post them here too as not everyone uses Facebook and if it didn’t just happen you’ll never find it.
Gjers Mills & Co, Ayresome Ironworks, Middlesbrough
Darlington Railway Plant & Foundry, Bank Top
Davy and United, Roll Foundry, Billingham
River Tees Conservancy Commissioners
Parts of the current tower are thought to date from around 1000 AD, a very through description of the buildings can be found here
An Anglo-Saxon settlement existed in Billingham as far back as the 7th century, inhabited by early followers of Cuthbert
Outside the church stands an attractive Lych Gate
Despite its theatre/cinema looks this building was built as a department store for the Stockton Co-operative Society.
The building is currently used as carpet shop, although the Billigham Players use the “Theatre Upstairs”
The building outline appears in its current form between the 1938 and 1939 editions of the OS map, although it could date from slightly earlier if the 1938 was already out of date.
I’ve found a reference to the nearby Heslops Brewey being sold to the Billingham Picture House Company in 1936 and demolished shortly afterwards, so suspect this whole area dates from around that time.
Externally the building is pretty much unchanged since this 1935 photo.
The building was recently an Indian restaurant but is currently being redeveloped by Fracture Theatre who also hope to show films there again.
Billingham Hall was a Victorian Villa built around 1870 and demolished in 1935.
The Hall itself is now under Connifer Crescent, but the gates and lodge reamain.
This Shap Granite cross was erected at a cost of £44 in 1893, the idea of Rev Phillip Rudd. It was made by Bowrons of Stockton.
The Prince of Wales, later to become Edward VII was supposed to unveil the cross, but his carriage passed without stopping.
Unfortunately little remains of the original buildings around the green which has since been redeveloped.
Dove Sculpture by Andrew McKeown in the Peace Garden near the war memorials.