The plaque records the fact that the Guisborough Providence Schools were originally erected in 1792 in Westgate by George Venables a London businessman who visited Guisborough. He died 12th April 1813 and is buried in the Tower of London
The current building was rebuilt by the Guisborough School Board in 1878
On the 1894 OS map the road is known as Providence Street rather than the current Rectory Lane.
The current building ceased to be a school in 1968 and in 1981 was bought by the Territorial Association Social Club,
I don’t normally dwell on the ghastly side of local history, but this is something that came up a few years ago when a friend of mine lived in the house on Bennison Street where it happened. I’ll add nothing to the news reports from the time except some photos of her grave.
One of the critical factors in the success of the industry in our project area was the construction of the Cleveland Railway, this was opened in November 1861 between the Skelton Old Shaft mines and Normanby Jetty, extending toward Boosbeck in 1862. Branches were also constructed to Slapewath, Stanghow and Aysdalegate mines.
With the construction of the railways came numerous interesting bridges, tunnels and culverts.
This culvert (in orange) carries a stream under the branch line which went to Slapewath Mine
This small tunnel (yellow) went under the same branch line, but was dry for livestock and people to cross under the railway.
This much more sizeable tunnel (red) passed under the main line.
Considering they date from the 1860’s, they are all in excellent condition.
A 4-storey corn mill built in the 18th century. Completely restored in 1990s, with an 18-ft pitchback waterwheel, three pairs of stones and a full set of ancillary machinery. Fully operational, producing flour.
NATIONAL MILLS WEEKEND OPENING TIMES 2017
SUNDAY 14TH MAY ONLY, 14.00-16.00.
A Tees Archaeology report states that the Guisborough Co-operative Corn Milling Society established the steam powered Mill in 1856.
The arch of a cartway into the mill yard can still be seen on the three story building. The modern 1850 datestone seems to disagree with the 1856 plaque.
A hinge remains from an older door or gate.
I have found reference in the 1883 Co-operative Wholesale Society Annual to the ‘Guisborough Provident Industrial Corn Mill Society’ being established in 1856, registered in May 1863 and dissolved in 1871
Building work in Guisborough briefly revealed stonework from the original route of the Cleveland Railway which opened in 1861 as a freight line for the local ironstone mines, the original route continued west over a wooden viaduct and skirted the southern edge of the Eston hills.
In 1865 the Cleveland Railway, Middlesbrough and Guisborough Railway and Stockton and Darlington Railway were all taken over by the North Eastern Railway, the route quickly became redundant and closed in 1873 after only 12 years of use.