St Marks Church, Marske

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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

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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

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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
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

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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

Ship Inn and Hughes Bolckow, Marske

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The Ship Inn is a Grade 2 listed building built in 1932
Ship Inn, Marske
This fascinating photo shows a half-built Ship with the original still in place

The mock tudor timber framing originated from the battleships HMS Collingwood and HMS Southampton.

The 1882 HMS Collingwood was scrapped by Hughes-Bolckow on the Tyne in 1909.800px-HMS_Collingwood_(1882)

The 1820 HMS Southampton was also broken up by Hughes-Bolckow at their new Battleship Wharf in Blyth around 1912.

South 1912

Hughes-Bolckow also made furniture from ships, such as these chairs from the Collingwood.


Grave of Thomas Carlton, Blast Furnacemens Secretary

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While walking in Linthorpe Cemetary I noticed this large obelisk erected to commemorate Thomas Carlton.
Thomas Carlton - Blast Furnacemens Secretary
It includes the interesting inscription ‘Erected by the blast furnacemen in recognition of deceased in the service as their secretary, more especially in assiting to secure shorter hours of toil’
Thomas Carlton - Blast Furnacemens Secretary
A little digging in the newspaper archives uncovered these details from his obituary on January 6th 1899.
Thomas Carlton - Blast Furnacemens Secretary

Thomas Carlton was the Secretary of the Cleveland and South Durham Branch of the National Federation of Blast-furnacemen. Originally from Lincolnshire he moved to Cleveland in 1871 and worked in the ironstone mines, presumably at Upleatham Mine as he was president of the Marske Institute when it opened in 1875.

He helped secure an 8 hour working day for blast furnacemen at Ormesby, Seaton Carew and Carlton Ironworks (reduced from 12 hours) around 1894.

The picture from the Flickr Photostream of Bolckow shows a banner featuring the same portrait.

Cleveland and Durham Blastfurnacemens Association