The original of this plaque was produced in 1974 to mark the centenary of the Skinningrove Iron and Steelworks
It was designed by Cec Gorman and still hangs in the Tata Steel offices.
This replica was unveiled on Wednesday 14th May 2014 by his widow, Betty.
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 Â£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 Germanâ€™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
Upleatham Hall dated from the 17th century and was worked on over the years by John Carr , Sir Robert Smirke and Ignatius Bonomi. It was the seat of the Earl of Zetland.
In 1897 subsidence due to intentional ironstone mining lead to the house being demolished.
This decorative panel on the wall of a current building on the site looks like it might be part of the original.
This sculpture of an ironstone miners ‘Midge’ lamp by Graham Anderton is still a work in progress and has not yet been officially unveiled.
At the end of July 2013 it looked like this on a metal base.
In fact when it first arrived in April 2013 there was a miner with tools sat on the edge as can be seen in this photo taken by Nekoglyph (presumably he may return)
When I passed by in early August its now sitting on top of a mine spoil heap.
Tin City as it was known locally was a row of housing started in 1906 for the workers at Boulby Ironstone Mine, although it was officially known as ‘Iron Cottages’ on the 1911 census.
The mine closed in 1934 although people must have stayed on as school photos were taken in 1935 and 1936
I believe they were relocated to Loftus in the late 1930s.
Today all that remains are concrete foundations on which the houses once stood.