South Bank Baptist Church

Plans were first made from this church around the turn of the century, as can be seen in this 1900 news clipping. It was actually constructed in 1905 having been designed by G. Baines & Son
1900
There are two heavily eroded sandstone dedication stones, the first seems to relate to a Mr Doggart of Bishop Auckland from 1905.
South Bank, Baptist Church
And a Miss G Davies of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
South Bank, Baptist Church
The church itself is made of red brick and is still in good condition despite sadly being now fortified with barbed wire and metal plates over the windows.
South Bank, Baptist Church
To the rear of the building are two much later dedication stones.
South Bank, Baptist Church
A very clear one from Arthur Graydon, Teesville, July 4th 1934.
South Bank, Baptist Church
And also now eroded badly, ? T. Grassham, ? House Eston, 1934.
South Bank, Baptist Church
Those presumably relate to the later hall at the rear.

Dorman Long Building – South Bank

This building is now part of the TTE training group, although it was originally Dorman Longs training centre. I don’t know if its the one that was recently refurbished or if its Edison House ?

Dorman Long, South Bank
The location is empty on 1950s maps and Dorman Long ceased to exist in 1967 so it must date from between those date, the logo can be seen on the wall.
Dorman Long Sign, South Bank

Welder and Puddler, A66 Gateway, South Bank

The Welder and Puddler by Steve Tomlinson are the final installment of this short journey along the A66.
Welder and puddler, Steve Tomlinson,  A66 South Bank
The figures were installed in February 2008 and cast by Robinson Engineering of Liverton Mines, the cost of this gateway was £182,000, i’ve never actually noticed but the wall is supposed to form the outline of Eston Hills.

An iron puddler converted pig iron into wrought iron with a reverberating furnace.

Sphere by Steve Tomlinson – A66 Gateway

Sphere by Steve Tomlinson was installed on 5th May 2007
(Rusty) Sphere, Steve Tomlinson, A66 South Bank
It weighs 5.2 tonnes and is five metres in diameter, it was fabricated by SBV Fabrications and Site Services. The spheres arrows light up at night, but sadly it hasn’t been maintained despite costing  £165,000  and is covered in large rust patches just 5 years later.

As of March 2013 the council have scrapped this sculpturethe-earth-sculpture-which-was-placed-at-south-tees-business-park-560022249. Whatever you opinion of the art that’s a disgraceful waste of money for just five years.

South Bank and District Unionist Club

This lovely building now stands derelict, I don’t know if it has a future due to the demolition of the community around it. I imagine its even nicer under the pebbledash.
South Bank Unionist Club, 1908
The carved 1908 date stone leaves no question as to its age.
South Bank Unionist Club, 1908
I would imagine the name plaque is also original
South Bank Unionist Club, 1908
I have found one reference to its construction :- Fred Walshaw, architect, 69 Lorne Terrace, South Bank ; T. W. Wade, secretary of the club

Cromwell Road Primary School, South Bank

Nothing now remains of the school apart from the entrance doorway for girls.
Cromwell Road School, South Bank
I’m not sure on the exact demolition date but the school celebrated it’s 100th year in 2004 and was due to be merged with Beech Grove Primary at the end of 2005.

There were large scale demolitions of the surrounding streets around 2006/2007

Old Police Station, South Bank

Large areas of South Bank towards the railway have been demolished and are now covered by the A66, Asda and industrial estates. However a few original building survive such as the old police station on North Street
South Bank, Police Station
Its a fairly anonymous pebble-dashed garage now, but the carved sign is still visible over the door.
South Bank, Police Station