The Forum cinema dates in 1939 and closed in 1965 when the site was taken over by Walter Bakers furniture store which closed recently, although it has now re-opened as Beevers.
A broken sign for the Forum can still be seen on top of the building
Inside the building can easily be identified as a cinema with a foyer and banked seating areas, this plan is displayed at the back of Beevers showroom.
Since the demolition of the old Town Hall on Fabian Road the ironstone obelisks have been moved to this new location at the City Learning Centre on Normanby Road.
I don’t think this will be the final home of the 2.5 tonnes items as its just a temporary home for the council.
I’m adding these comment by Dave into the main article as I think its important given the current council squabbling about where they should be.
“I think it wrong to say that the Fabian Road Town Hall pillars originally came from Eston Hospital, as they were there some 20 years before the hospital was closed and demolished. I gather they originally came from a set of four or more pillars sited on the entrance drive at Bolckow Vaughan’s old mine and works offices – Cleveland House – on Middlesbrough Road E in South Bank, a building that was bought from BV, when the firm went into post WW1 decline, by the old Eston Urban District Council.
I gather the pillars were originally crafted for the building and used as a motif for BV’s trade exhibitions. This, of course, means there were more pillars in the beginning and there were definitely a set at Eston Hospital These are now back. Whether they also originally came from Cleveland House, I don’t know. I expect they did”
This first world war memorial is quite unusual as its on the wall of a private house, rather than the more usual stand-alone monument you might expect, another thing that made it stand out was a new addition at the base of the inscription.
For reasons unknown Sgt Maurice Mallinson had been left off the original memorial and thanks to the Normanby History Group his name was added on Saturday 17th November 2007
Normanby House was built around 1716 for Reverend William Consett and Elizabeth Pennyman
It later became known as Manor House and is currently a doctors surgery
This was the eastern part of the estate of Sir William Pennyman, 4th Baronet which was split between his daughters and the brothers they married.
Normanby Hall was constructed around 1820 although the listed building register says it wasn’t completed until 1858.
The design is by Ignatius Bonomi who became known as the “the first railway architect” for his work on the Skerne Bridge in Darlington
The inscription on the side of the building reads “WWJ 1820” which seems likely to refer to William Ward Jackson
The building is in a poor state having closed down from being a nursing home in recent years.
This was the western part of the estate of Sir William Pennyman, 4th Baronet which was split between his daughters and the brothers they married. This half originally belonging to Joanna wife of Captain Matthew Consett at the beginning of the eighteenth century