Originally opened in 1861 as the Cleveland Fire and Brick Company. The Commondale Brick & Pipe Works traded from the late 1880s until 1947. Much of the village is built from their products including Ness Terrace.
On the gable at the railway station end is a buff stone carrying the date 1903 and the letter “N”, perhaps for the name “Ness” if the builder named the Terrace after themselves ?
What is quite remarkable is that there appears to be a photograph of the plaque actually being made, seen below from the East Cleveland Image Archive.
The plaque funded by the Police Memorial Trust was recently unveiled to commemorate PC William Henderson, who died on 14 April 1893 when he was shot at close range by a man he was trying to disarm while trying to take into custody.
On 9th May, the verdict on John Harry Gould (33) was :- Wilful murder whilst insane. Prisoner to be detained during Her Majesty’s pleasure.
Murders were very rare at this time and news reports suggest it was only the second in Middlesbrough, after Mary Copper in 1884
This sign is visible on Grange Road for a working mens club that was known as the “Nash Club”
The National Reserve Headquarters Limited was founded on 19 Apr 1913, I don’t know its exact closure date but accounts seem to exist until 2000.
It was researched, designed and produced by the combined efforts of Skelton Villages Civic Pride, Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Community Development staff, the Skelton History Group, pupils at Skelton Primary School and Community artists Helen Jane Gaunt and Derek Mosey.
Skelton Through The Ages 1086 – 2017
1086: The Domesday Book records the manor of Skelton
Arms of de Brus: Robert de Brus built the first castle in 12th Century
Skelton Castle: building the present castle began in 1788
Medieval agriculture: farming was an important part of village life for centuries
The old Parish Church: built 1785/86 on the foundations of the 13th Century church
A miner and his lamp: the ironstone mining boom in Skelton began in the 1860s
The High Street and a new Parish Church followed in the 1870s and 1880s
A Cleveland Bay horse, England’s oldest breed, pulling a milk cart
A Swift flying overhead: their screams are a typical sound of summer
The War Memorial: commemorating the dead of two World Wars
The Cleveland Way: opened in May 1969
The Whipping Post: public punishment on the village green
Ringrose Community Orchard: a new development, the heritage of the future
Children dance round the Maypole in front of the old Infants’ School
A sword dancer performing the Long Sword dance
2017 – Planted tubs and a new tree reflect the latest changes
This clock and barometer in Staithes commemorate a local tragedy. George Hanson the Runswick Lifeboat Head Launcher died after saving a school boy and attempting to save a man in the harbour at Staithes.
The plaque reads :-
Erected to honour the memory of George Hanson, A Staithes fisherman who lost his life in a gallant attempt to rescue a drowning bather in a rough sea on Wednesday 28th August 1957.
Unveiled by Sir William Worlsey (4th Baronet of Hovingham and amateur first-class cricketer.) and dedicated by the Bishop of Whitby in 1959 (which would have been Philip Wheeldon at the time)
I have been totally unable to find any information on what this plaque at Sawdon relates to.
It looks very modern, but gives no detailed dates on names for the events it mentions. Just “Susan”
Can anyone shed any light on it ?
The Picton to Battersby Line was constructed 1857/1858 running via Stokesley
Passenger services ended in 1954 with freight continuing between Stokesley and Battersby until 1965.
Presumably it was 12 miles from this point to Picton Junction.