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 Â£1100 costs had become Â£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)
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 Â£3170.