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.
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between the 1938 and 1939 editions of the OS map, although it could date from slightly earlier if the 1938 was already out of date.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.
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.
The main war memorial in Billingham covers World Wars 1 and 2
Theres an additional small plaque on one wall for a single casualty of the Korean war, Sgt R Liddle.
Nearby is a new memorial for casulties since 1945 that was erected by Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association around 2009.
A slightly more unusual monument is the one for ICI employees, this previously stood on Chilton Avenue, outside Chilton House
Most unusual is a plaque erected by the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association for those who died as a result of the tests at Monte Bello, Emufield, Maralinga, Malden Island and Christmas Island.