I can find no details about this little character perched up in a birds nest, any info would be gratefully received.
The mast is a half-scale replica of HMS Redcar, a ‘Racecourse’ class minesweeper that was sunk on 24th June 1917 near Dover.
Update 2/3/2011 : The mast and most of the old tourist information centre were demolished today. It looks like the plaques were taken away beforehand, hopefully the little cat was rescued too !
Touchstone is a large concrete sculpture by Graham Johnson at the end of the Coast Road in Redcar.
The text about Redcar on the metal areas is by Bob Beagrie
The piece is called “Over There” by Rupert Clamp
It supposed to show the position of 11 plaques telling stories from the village, but I’m wondering if they have worn off.
The lines of terraces at the top right are the original streets relating to the Upleatham Ironstone mine which was at the top of Pontac Road.
Teesaurus Park is one of those places that many locals don’t even know exists. First opened in 1979 with the Teessaurus a triceratops by Genevieve Glatt, fabricated by Harts of Stockton at a cost of £16,000.
The two babies and other sculptures were added in 1987.
I think this is a bronotsaurus in the bushes.
If you want to split hairs the mammoth came about 65 million years after the dinosaurs.
The cheerful brachiasaurus
The sculptures were built by workers on the government Youth and Employment Training Scheme, its a shame the council can’t see their way to giving them all a lick of paint a bit more often.
Update : December 2011 – Made some corrections to the chronology of the sculptures, I had previously said the T-Rex was first which is incorrect, Teesaurus came first !
Update : December 2012 -Sadly Teesaurus Park is under threat as its a ‘non-strategic asset’ for the Council. A Facebook group also exists.
At the site of the old Portrack Incinerator, now a nature reserve
Children from High Clarence, Tilery & Norton Primary Schools in Stockton worked with local artist Andrew McKeown to design the artwork.
Andy Capp creator Reg Smythe was born and died in Hartlepool and based the characters on his own parents.
The bronze statue was erected in 2007
Not technically a wartime relic as its a fibre glass replica, but a great reminder of the fact the whole of Thornaby is built over Thornaby Aerodrome. The plane was erected in March 2007, one side depicts resident 608 squadron while the other the Canadian Air Force 401 squadron that flew Spitfires from Thornaby during WW2.
There are a number of plaques surrounding the roundabout giving more details on 608 Squadron
Victorian Industrialist Henry Pease effectively created Saltburn, after having a vision of it on the cliff.
“seated on the hillside he had seen, in a sort of prophetic vision, on the edge of the cliff before him, a town arise and the quiet unfrequented glen turned into a lovely garden.”
The Quaker families influence on the railway and mines in the area is immense.
Sculpure by Hilary Cartmel
Sited at the entrance to Coatham Marsh. By Andy McKeown, along with the gates before you get there.