Smugglers take potshots at Coatham – July 1780

Newcastle Courant – Saturday 05 August 1780

On the 20th past a smuggling Lugger, under Dutch colours, carrying two six-pounders, six four-pounders, a number of swivels, and 30 stout men, each armed with a long pistol and a cutlass, was taken by two of her majesty’s Cutters, as she was rising at anchor near Marske and Saltburn, in Cleveland. When the cutters appeared, the lugger sent off a coble with 80 tubs of gin, (the remainder of 1000) each tub containing from 17 to 20 quarts, towards Marske, which being observed by the headmost cutter, she sent out her long boat, well manned, to seize it, which they did. During the chase, the smuggler fired two pieces of cannon at the long-boat without effect. On seeing the other cutter coming up, all the smugglers, ; except two men and a boy, escaped in their longboats to Saltburn. Had not the smuggler fired on the cutter’s men, she could not have been seized, as no uncustomed goods were found board. The same evening the two cutters’ sailed with her for Shields, where it is thought she will be condemned. She is a fine new vessel, built Flushing (Vlissingen) by a company of gentlemen, and this was only her second voyage. There was 20 shillings in cash found on board. About two days before she was taken, she was lying off Redcar, she had the impudence to fire a four-pounder at a bathing-house near Coatham, where some young ladies were going to bathe, and the ball was taken by a young gentleman within twenty yards of the house.

On the 23rd past 90 bags of tea, each containing about 12lb were seized at Coatham by some Custom-house officers assisted by about a dozen of the Light horse from Stockton

Thursday 8th November – Errington Woods & Upleatham

Skelton History Group

Thursday 8th November – Errington Woods & Upleatham

Distance: 3¾ miles; Ascent 395ft; Duration 3½-4 hours We set off at 10:30am from the car park at Errington Woods (NZ 618201). The walk is a circular walk, done in a clockwise direction, mostly on or near a contour level. The heritage will cover the ironstone mine at Upleatham, its association with the mine at Hob Hill, Saltburn, and the village and Hall at Upleatham.

A charge of £2 per person will be made on each walk to offset the costs of Insurance. Please wear appropriate footwear and have clothing suitable for the likely weather conditions on that day. It is suggested that you bring food and drink as we usually stop between midday and 1:00pm for a lunch break.

Further details can be had from: skeltonhistorygroup@gmail.com or by contacting Peter Appleton (Tel: 01287 281752)

St Marks Church, Marske

After the series of lost buildings, you might be wondering why i’m posting an existing one ?
Marske Church
The sharp-eyed will notice the top of the tower doesn’t look like it does today, that’s because the 1866 / 1867 original caught fire on Easter Sunday 1902 and the roof burnt off. Once you know this it’s obvious that the current top is a totally different type of stone.

Midge Lamp, New Marske Roundabout

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.
Midge Lamp, New Marske
Midge Lamp, New Marske
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)
Miner's lamp sculpture
When I passed by in early August its now sitting on top of a mine spoil heap.
MIners Lamp (plus spoil heap)

Marske Bypass Plaque

I have read that the railing are about to be replaced tonight, so there’s a fair chance the battered old plaque may end up on a scrap van too.
Marske By-Pass

Cleveland County Council
Marske-By-Pass
Opened on Friday 9 December 1977
The Rt Hon W T Rodgers MP Secretary of State for Transport
Chairman of Highways and Transportation Committee
Councillor Jim Tatchell BSc (Eng) F I E E
County Surveyor and Engineer
Edwin Shaw BSc.DIP.TP C.ENG. M.I.C.E.M.R.P.T.I
Contractor A. Monk & Co Ltd

Gazebo in the Garth, Marske

The Gazebo now stands at the side of a residential street, but originally it was part of larger gardens.
Gazebo, The Garth, Marske
Thanks to Neil for the following info :-

The house dates from the late 1700’s and so does the gazebo. Until the early 1960s the house was owned by a doctor who held his surgeries there. The main house was split into two in the mid 1960s and my Aunt and Uncle have lived there since then. The cottage at the end may be older and may have been two residences since it had two staircases one of which has been removed. The gazebo would have provided a view of the sea beyond the garden wall.
Gazebo, The Garth, Marske