South Bank’s Millennium Green was officially opened by the Bishop of Whitby on Thursday, April 18th 2002.
A steel doorway exists created by local artist Andrew McKeown, symbolising this was once the site of houses.
Adjacent to South Bank station are more waymarkers and gates for the Teesdale Way
Along with boots also seen at Lord McGowan Bridge are a number of gates.
The first appears to depict a football games, the second Cromwell Road Primary School, the third looks like the lighthouse at South Gare and the final one a train and ironstone miner.
This plaque was unveiled on 17/12/2008, 66 years after the crew of Lancaster bomber W4319 SR-N were all killed, shot down by ‘friendly fire’.
The Evening Gazette report say it came down near where Steel House is now located, although thats about 200 yards North East, not 200 yards West as the plaque says.
The plaque is on Lord McGowan Bridge (built in 1951, named after a chairman of ICI)
Also adjacent to the plaque is a nice way marker for the Teesdale Way, apparently there are 6 more sculptures of footware by Jim Roberts, between South Bank and Coatham Marsh.
It was unveiled in by Atonement director Joe Wright and Producer Paul Webster.
UPDATE : As of August 2012 the scupture has been removed. I don’t know whether it will return to the sea-front when the redevelopment is completed.
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 !
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.
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 !
Children from High Clarence, Tilery & Norton Primary Schools in Stockton worked with local artist Andrew McKeown to design the artwork.
There are three sculptures by Richard Farrington at the top of Huntcliff, erected in 1990 as part of the Common Ground’s ‘New Milestones’ project.
The first is based on a Trawl Door with a large fish and plankton
The second Pillar is a ridged marker post, supporting a chain of four metal sculptures