Neasham Pump House

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This small building dating from 1879 once housed a water pump for the village. The pump was shaped like the Sockburn Worm with its tail forming the pump handle.
Neasham Shelter
After the pump was removed in 1911 the structure remained as a shelter, which is now a Grade II listed building. It caries a plaque with the 1879 construction date and the initials “SRW” for Samuel Rowland Chapman-Ward of Neasham (who committed suicide at Penrith Railway Station just a few years later in 1883)
Neasham Shelter

Childhood Memory Walks

Delve into the past childhoods of free roaming children and listen to colourful stories of local characters. Based on recordings from our Heritage Lottery Funded, Where the Wild Things Were project, we will take you off the beaten track and out into your local area to discover how childhoods, wildlife and the local landscape have changed from recordings, maps and archival photos.
These fun and friendly walks begin promptly at 10.00am and finish by 1.00pm or earlier. Dress for the weather and wear suitable footwear for walking along muddy footpaths and tracks. There may be steep sections on some of the walks. Bring a hot drink, a snack and your camera. The schedule of walks is:

Places on each walk will be limited. You are required to book by calling 01287 636382 or email For more details visit the Tees Valley Trust’s website events page

‘Everybodys Magazine” Ghostsign

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Many thanks to Peter Edwards for these photos of a wall in Stockton on the corner of Inkerman Street and Bishopton Lane.



The image was uncovered late 2011 when a hoarding was removed,
Peter believed the advert relates to a 1930’s /1940 cocktail called Everybodys, but it looks like its actually a magazine that ran from the mid=40s to the mid-50s.



Sadly it will never be seen again as it was painted over late 2014.

Saltergate Inn – The fire that never goes out

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The Saltergill Inn was said to contains a peat fire that had never gone out since the 1730s. The folklore tale is that smugglers hid the body of a murdered Customs and Excise Man under the hearth and he would never be found as long as the fire was kept burning.
Saltersgate Inn
The inn dates to 1648 but sadly has been closed since 2007 and is now in a poor state (not sure if anyones checked for the body under the hearth yet either)


Grosmont Heritage Trail and Local History Exhibition

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Earlier this year the Grosmont Business Group were successful in securing a Heritage grant from the North Yorkshire Moors National Park towards a village leaflet, heritage trail and local history exhibition. This has now been completed and installed in St. Matthew’s Church, within the village and we would like to take this opportunity to encourage people to visit the exhibition.
The leaflets are available from businesses within the village and link in with a simple trail with information panels outside of various buildings en-route.
The local history exhibition is permanently sited in the church, which is open daily, and gives details of the area’s geology, industry, Medieval and early history as well many snippets of social history relating to the village.
Please come along and visit the display, which we hope to expand in the future as part of the This Exploited Land project, again with the help of the National Park and help to highlight this most fascinating area.
Tammy Naylor

Reading Room, Appleton le Moors

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The reading room was first opened on Tuesday November 21st 1911,  funded by Joseph Page and built by Glasweigan-based company Speirs and Company

It fell into disuse around the 1940s but thanks to recent grants has been restored.

Appleton-Le-Moors Reading Room

The building is now back in regular use by Appleton Film Society and Appleton Book Club amongst others.