Bolckow and Vaughan created this plaque to commemorate their 670 employees who died in the Great War. It was made by C.F. Mundell and Company, Tees Joinery Works, Marsh Road, Middlesbrough.Each plaque is split up into the works or mine they originated from, zooming in on Flickr will allow you to read every name.
Middlesbrough Office, Middlesbrough Works, South Bank Works
West Auckland Colliery, Shildon Lodge Colliery, Byers Green Colliery, Newfield Colliery, Black Boy Colliery, Auckland Park Colliery
Leasingthorne Colliery, Westerton Colliery, Dean & Chapter Colliery
Newlandside Quarry, Eston Mines, North Skelton Mines, South Skelton Mines, Belmont Mines
The plaque is currently on display at Kirkleatham Museum
A series of concrete tanks were installed around the year 2000 with high surface area plastic media filtering the mine water, and ochre sludge is collected in the two-metre deep tanks.
Some of the plastic filters can be seen discarded by the side.
But the maintenance problems associated with the tanks and media becoming clogged were not initially appreciated and it no longer operates, with the beck still being stained by mine water.
Nunthorpe railway station was originally on the Stockton & Darlington Railway Middlesbrough to Guisborough line.
The line opened in 11 November 1853 as a freight line for the Hutton Ironstone mines near Guisborough.
The passenger station was not opened until February 1854, all properties on this line owned by the company carried a “B” number
A friend of mine with an interest in old bottles sent me the following images of a ‘Middlesbrough Mineral Water Company’ bottle.
(photo courtesy of Gavin Brett)
The gentleman on the bottle with a coat over his arm seemed very familiar, and I soon figured out it appears to be John Vaughan in the same pose as his 1884 statue.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the closure of the last ironstone mine at North Skelton on 17th January 1964.
The East Cleveland Image Archive has two photo taken on that day when the TV cameras were present.
I covered the site in more details back in 2009
The Lingdale Institute was erected in 1911/12 and cost £1,800.
The cost was mainly covered by mine owners Pease & Partners and contained Reading, Billiard, Games Rooms
It appears the inscription was concreted over at some point, thanks to M Watson for confirming that this happened during the war to help stop the German’s knowing the area they were in if they were shot down for example.
Another image from Rev. Atkinsons ‘History of Cleveland Ancient and Modern’ that shows a hugely different scene from today in the village of Grosmont, now known for the steam trains. This shows a heavy industrial scene with blast furnaces for producing iron which remained until 1892.
Some pieces of the blast furnaces do still stand in the car-park which I visited back 2010