Building work in Guisborough briefly revealed stonework from the original route of the Cleveland Railway which opened in 1861 as a freight line for the local ironstone mines, the original route continued west over a wooden viaduct and skirted the southern edge of the Eston hills.
In 1865 the Cleveland Railway, Middlesbrough and Guisborough Railway and Stockton and Darlington Railway were all taken over by the North Eastern Railway, the route quickly became redundant and closed in 1873 after only 12 years of use.
Many thanks to Peter Edwards for these photos of a wall in Stockton on the corner of Inkerman Street and Bishopton Lane.
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The image was uncovered late 2011 when a hoarding was removed,
Peter believed the advert relates to a 1930’s /1940 cocktail called Everybodys, but it looks like its actually a magazine that ran from the mid=40s to the mid-50s.
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Sadly it will never be seen again as it was painted over late 2014.
This photo was sent to me by Aaron late last year, from Maddison Street / Station Street Shildon.
Radios, Appliances, Electrical Components, Lamps, Fancyware, Toys, Bags, Crockery, Rugs, Mats, General Hardware Dealer, Paraffin.
I suspect it might be gone soon (if not already) as part of the building is already a house and windows have been installed.
Back in 2009 the whole lot was a shell and still had a shop front.
The Dewhirsts factory shop closed down around 2013 after numerous name changes to Impression and finally AJ’s Outlet.
(I think they actually stopped manufacturing clothes there in the late 1990s)
As of late 2015 the site is being cleared
These photos were kindly shared by the owner of the item in question. They show the 1915 On War Service badge of Michael Pease.
These badges were issued to people to avoid them being accused to dodging military service, in this case this one was for the Cargo Fleet Iron Company Ltd
Part of the Pease dynasty of Quaker businessmen, Michael Lloyd Pease was born in 1891 and died in 1968, a photo of his grave can be seen here
An amusement park opened in Redcar in 1924 on a 15 year lease. The park contained a large covered skating rink, ‘Hilarity Hall’, ‘Noahs Ark’ and ‘River Caves’
The big attraction was a wooden rollercoaster called the ‘Giant Racer’ (called a ‘scenic railway’ on the OS map)
Aerial photos fortunately exist too of the Giant Racer and River Caves rides.
This film footage of the Giant Racer and River Caves rides also exists.
The site closed in 1938 when the lease ran out, and was used for building Sandringham and Buckingham Road. The Giant Racer was disassembled and moved to Sheerness, although its life there was cut short by the outbreak of war, the site later became Butlins in 1945.
After the series of lost buildings, you might be wondering why i’m posting an existing one ?
The sharp-eyed will notice the top of the tower doesn’t look like it does today, that’s because the 1866 / 1867 original caught fire on Easter Sunday 1902 and the roof burnt off. Once you know this it’s obvious that the current top is a totally different type of stone.
Shipbuilder and mine owner Charles Mark Palmer bought the run-down Grinkle estate in 1865 and the building shown in Rev. Atkinsons ‘History of Cleveland Ancient and Modern’ was demolished in 1881.
The replacement is now a popular hotel and wedding venue.