St Andrews Mission at Thornaby is still a functioning church, their website states that St.Andrews was a mission station started by the much larger Presbyterian Church in Stockton, originally as a Sunday School. When the Presbyterian Church and the Congregational Church joined together, it became part of the United Reformed Church
The date stone above the building carries the date 1893, it cost about £950 and could seat 200.
One foundation stone was laid by Mrs Bouge of the Manse on October 1st 1892, presumably the wife of Rev. J Bogue
The second stone is heavily eroded and difficult to interpret, but my research shows it to be Mrs G Y Blair who laid the stone. That would be the wife of George Young Blair who managed the Fossick & Hackworth Locomotive Engine Works which he came to own after 1866 as Blair and Co. who manufactured marine engines.
The Northern Echo from Monday 03 October 1892 report on the events in full.
Erimus was an area of three streets (Erimus Terrace, Pioneer Street and Stainton Street) and a hotel that once stood mid-way between Thornaby and Middlesbrough, it was built to house the workers of the Erimus Ironworks.
The whole area was demolished in 1963 to make way for developments on the railway and is now near the road junction for Teesside Park on the A66.
A war memorial was erected in 1920 at Erimus for the six local men who died in WW1.
Private J R Donnison, 2nd Yorkshire Regt.
Stoker A Wright, H M S Carribean
Stoker J R Sharp, H M S Queen Mary
Private J G Wales, 9th Yorkshire Regt.
Private T Munroe, DLI
Private W Munroe, DLI
The memorial moved to a chapel in Thornaby in 1959 and was moved to it’s current location in the cemetery in 22/7//2006 where it was unveiled by Mayor Pat Large and Ken Craggs.
The original Five Lamps were gas lights built at the junction of George Street and Mandale Road in 1874, comissioned by local Justices of the Peace, Joseph Richardson, William Whitewell, Charles Arthur Head and William Anderson.
A less than inspiring 1970’s electric version.
In 1983 Head Wrightson apprentices erected this replica of the original which stood on Westbury Street due to the building of the A66 (although it doesn’t include the drinking fountain originally below the lamps)
It was unveiled by Mayor Pragnell on 1st September 1983
It carries the Stockton-on-Tees coat of arms with the motto “Forward As One”
Also the Thornaby coat of arms with the motto “Always Advancing”
It was renovated and moved to its current position in 2010.
The origin of the five lamps is linked to the legend that Robert de Thormodbi (Thornaby) created a shrine to the Virgin Mary in St Peter’s Church lit by five lamps.
The old police station at Thornaby is now a business centre.
The central part of the building still carries the police station sign.
The North Riding Constabulary crest is dated 1903
The police station was developed around 1985
Thornaby On Tees Library was donated to the town in 1892 (the year Thornaby On Tees was formed) by T Wrightson, one of the firm ‘Head Wrightson’ who were based in Thornaby.
Those details are recorded across the gables
The building was enlarged in 1904 by famous industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
The large carved plaque above the door records the names of the two contributors.
The building now sadly lies stranded inside the ‘Mandale Triangle’ which is very much like the one in Bermuda.
These buildings are one of the last remaining fragments of the old center of Thornaby that was mostly removed when the A66 was built.
The carved plaque over the doorway is for the ‘Corporation Institute’ the 1890 Bulmers Directory says “A Mechanics’ Institute was erected in 1865, in which are the offices of the Local Board and School Board” so this may be one and the same.
Closer examination of the doorway shows it once had a sign for ‘Auxiliary Fire Station’ the name of which suggests it dates from World War 2
However this old photo shows just the words “Fire Station” and it looks like a fire station existed on George Street soon after the formation of Thornaby on Tees in 1892
Following this link to see a picture of the station in what can be no earlier than 1973, interestingly there still an air-raid siren on top of the building.
Thornaby Town Hall now stands isolated in the ‘Mandale Triangle’ cut off from Thornaby by the A66.
The clock tower carries an 1892 date with Thornaby’s motto ‘Always Advancing’ the clock itself was donated by Alderman William Anderson and started on January 27th 1892
The foundation stone is very worn but reads that it was laid by John Steel, Chairman of the South Stockton Local Board on October 25th 1890. The architect is James Garry and the contractor W. C. Atkinson.
Thornaby-on-Tees was formed by the combination of South Stockton and Thornaby in 1892, Thornaby-on-Tees Borough Council ceased to exist in 1968 when Teesside was formed and the building fell out of use and became vandalised.
In November 2012 after many years of wrangling the building was sold back to Thornaby Town Council by Stockton Council, they hope to restore it and make it available for commercial and community uses.
After seeking permission from the owners of Stainsby Grange I was finally able to get a closer look at a pillbox I must have seen hundreds of times travelling on the A19.
The pillbox is in excellent condition and still has a ladder attached that would have given access to the top.
This pillbox would have been part of the defences for Thornaby Aerodrome