Another lost building from Rev. Atkinsons ‘History of Cleveland Ancient and Modern’. The 80 room seat of the Newcomen Family was started in 1625.
Sadly the building was demolished in the mid 1950s to make way for a school.
All that remains today is the stable block which was damaged by fire in August 2013
Another image from Rev. Atkinsons ‘History of Cleveland Ancient and Modern’ that shows a hugely different scene from today in the village of Grosmont, now known for the steam trains. This shows a heavy industrial scene with blast furnaces for producing iron which remained until 1892.
Some pieces of the blast furnaces do still stand in the car-park which I visited back 2010
Upleatham Hall dated from the 17th century and was worked on over the years by John Carr , Sir Robert Smirke and Ignatius Bonomi. It was the seat of the Earl of Zetland.
In 1897 subsidence due to intentional ironstone mining lead to the house being demolished.
This decorative panel on the wall of a current building on the site looks like it might be part of the original.
Rudland Rook (or maybe Rudland Rock) on the beautifully named Rotten Hill is one of the few boundary stones named on the OS map. Having got to the location theres no stone to be seen just a cairn (unless the stone is buried under the cairn)
A web search for Rudland Rook/Rock turns up very little, so if anyone know anything about it or why its marked on maps I would love to know.
Between 1866 and 1947 Middlesbrough’s Trophy Cannon stood by the Upper Lake in Albert Park, which became known as ‘Cannon Lake’.
Clare Hindmarsh kindly let me use these photographs of the cannon taken some time between 1929 and 1933.
The cannon finally got back into the park in 2001, but the lake is long gone.
Last weekend the old shaft headgear was moved away at 50mm per minute before being replaced by a new ready assembled tower.
On Monday 5th of August the old headgear was demolished in a controlled explosion, fortunately one of my friends was there to capture it for the website.
Middlesbrough Fire Station dates from 1939 and carries the Middlesbrough coat of arms.
It is due to be replaced soon, the facade was considered for listing by English Heritage on two occasions but it was ‘not considered to be of sufficient quality’.
Fortunately the tower will be kept.
This old ghostsign had stood high and dry for decades on Dundas Street.
Sadly in the last few days its been painted over rather than the owner of the building thinking to preserve it, personally I think it would have been a nice talking point to repaint it.
For such a prominent building in Redcar, information is surprisingly hard to come by, the recently published Redcar and District Local History says it was built in 1869 at a cost of £4000 with seating for 650. That information is sourced from the Bulmers Guide of 1890
Although the 1884 Ward and Lock Guide state that a Wesleyan Chapel was built near the center of town in 1860 (although this could be elsewhere it doesn’t seem to tie in with anything else)
There are addition references to hint at both dates :-
Guisborough Wesleyan Methodist Circuit Register Of Baptisms Redcar Section. (1860 – 1926)
Redcar Chapel (Trinity) – Booklet entitled “100 years of Service. Trinity Methodist Church, 1869 – 1969.
Update : Fred Brunskill comments that the earlier methodist chapel was from 1853 and on the High Street where Clinkards now is on the right of this photo.
UPDATE April 2013 :-
Walked past today and it looks like the building is being demolished, another sad loss.
I managed to get a shot of the roof from the beacon.