Saltburn Urban District Council has existed since 1894, while Redcar only became a Borough in 1922, so this marker post must have been placed after that date. Neither have existed since the formation of the ‘County Borough of Teesside’ in 1968.
It may have been required to mark the boundary when the Coast Road was first opened in 1923, although this could be a later marker.
The foundation stone for St Peters in Redcar was laid on Monday 30th June 1823, with the events of the day being reported in detail in the Durham County Advertiser.
I wonder if the ‘time-capsule’ of documents and coins is still inside the building, or whether it was disturbed by later changes, a rough translation of the Latin inscription is :-
The first stone is placed Feast of St Peter 1823
King George IV Ruling Edward Venables Vernon, Archbishop of York Baron Lawrence Dundas, Lord of Manor Joseph Harrison, Vicar
Fund raising and completion was a major a problem and the £1100 costs had become £2700 by it was finally finished in 1829.
This etching is said to date from 1826, so the church was incomplete at this point and it may have still been an impression of what it should look like.
Things to notice about this compared to St Peters today are that no clock is visible (this was added in 1835) and there are only 4 sets of windows at the side not 5 (the church was extended in 1848) and no Lady Chapel at the rear (built much later in 1926)
This wonderful photograph from Redcar is regularly mis-identified as either Redcar Pier Ballroom or Coatham Pier (The Glasshouse / Regent Cinema)
Fortunately, Fred Brunskill is in possession of a glass-plate negative which is labeled “Redcar Rinkeries” which gives us the clue to the actual location. An advert for Redcar Rinkeries is shown in the 1910 Bennetts Directory and gives the address as Redcar Lane
This Gazette article from May 1909 describes the opening day again with a location on Redcar Lane that is away from houses. The manager was T. B. Freeman and the building was erected by Henry McNaughton
Adverts for the Redcar Rinkeries appear throughout 1909, with Miss Jobbing named as the ladies instructor and special events with late trains arranged from Grangetown and South Bank.
However the Rinkeries don’t seem to have been a success, perhaps due to being quite a distance out of town at the time and there are no further mentions after 1910, due to the short-lived nature of the business, perhaps the people in the photograph include Mr Freeman and Miss Jobbing?
Historic mapping shows only one possible location. A large structure on Redcar Lane is shown on the 1913 map (marked in red) that wasn’t there in 1894. By 1927 it has been removed and replaced by 65-75 Redcar Lane. So the Rinkeries stood between the end of Ings Road and the Furlongs
I don’t think it’s possible to stay any closer to home as this is outside my house and I had never noticed it. Most grates have been changed and modernised over the years, but I seem to have an original from the Borough of Redcar. The 1934 date ties in with the construction of my street in Redcar East.
Anderston Foundry was based in Glasgow, but expanded to Middlesbrough in 1874, being based at Port Clarence on the North bank of the Tees, next to the Transporter Bridge.
A couple of steps further away is a Borough or Redcar manhole cover, presumable also an original from 1934, i’m going to hazard a guess that the central AFC logo is for the Anderston Foundry Company.
The current travel restrictions mean i’ve been able to take a closer a look at things very close to home in a lot more detail.
The East Cleveland Baptist Church has a large number of inscribed stones on the Stanley Grove side that I had never noticed before. Mr A R Doggart J.P is named as the President in 1928, so I suspect that’s the date the building was erected.
Arthur Robert Doggart was President of the Baptist Union at this time and remained so until his death in 1932. Doggarts owned a chain of department stores based in Bishop Auckland.
Fortunately I have found a news report about the ceremony in which these stones were laid on Saturday 15 December 1928. The building cost £3170.
The rocks and beach at Redcar
have witnessed hundreds of shipwrecks and groundings over the years. So I took
a gamble when I purchased an unlabelled photo album at a local auction, hoping that
what I was looking at were previously unpublished photographs of one such
With just the sea in the background, the only clue was some Greek
writing visible on the back of the ship. “AΘHNA ΛIBANOY XIOΣ” which after a little research I was
able to translate as “Athina Livanos Chios”
Chios is the fifth largest
Greek island and was the birthplace of Greek shipping magnate Stavros Livanos. The
ship was named after Athina, his second daughter. Despite the Greek name and ownership,
the Athina Livanos was a 4824 ton steamer built by Grays of Hartlepool
with a yard number of 1065. The engines came from the Central Marine Engine
Works which was also part of Grays. She was launched on 3rd September
1936 and completed during October 1936 at a cost of £75,000.
The beaching at Redcar which was near Tod Point
took very soon afterwards on 28th February 1937. It was a major story at the
time as a Pathe News clip exists of the incident at http://www.britishpathe.com/video/coatham
Athina Livanos was just one of a series of ships built by
Grays for the Livanos Maritime Company. There were ships named Eugenie Livanos,
Evi Livanos, G.S. Livanos, George M. Livanos, Mary Livanos, Michael Livanos and
Theofano Livanos after other family members.
The Athina Livanos was lost on 29th November 1943 while
carry coal from Lourenco Marques in Mozambique
(now known as Maputo) to Beirut
She was torpedoed in the Gulf of Aden by the
Japanese submarine I-27, nine sailors and two passengers lost the lives.
Submarine I-27 was itself sunk in the Indian Ocean
on 12th February 1944 by HMS Paladin and HMS Petard but not before it had
attacked and sunk the SS Khedive Ismail killing 1,297 people.
The real-life Athina Livanos went on to be the first wife of
shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis who later married Jacqueline Bouvier
Kennedy. Her second husband was John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of
Marlborough, cousin of Sir Winston Churchill. Her final husband, before her
death in 1974, was another Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos.
I originally wrote this article for the Evening Gazette back in July 2013.
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