Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington

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This pillbox is only a short distance from the one on the opposite side of the bridge, but of a completely different construction.
Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
It’s been made from concrete blocks and beams, with a couple of rows of bricks at the top.
Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
The roof is now gone and the walls badly cracked, so i’m not sure it would have stood up to any heavy attack should it ever have been needed.
Pillbox East of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington

Pillbox West of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington

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This Pillbox is one of a pair defending the Blackwell Bridge crossing of the River Skerne in Darlington
Pillbox West of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
The structure is now deeply buried in the undergrowth and tricky to approach
Pillbox West of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
The pillbox itself is not like any other i’ve ever seen, it seems to have been constructed from pre-fabricated sections
Pillbox West of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington
Several areas have ripples that look like they were cast against corrugated iron sheets
Pillbox West of Blackwell Bridge, Darlington

Letter from the Front – Friday 23rd March – Loftus Town Hall

Explore Our Heritage In Loftus Town Hall
Letters from the Front
An Illustrated talk by Mr Peter Appleton from Skelton History Group
Friday 23 March 2018 ‚Äč
7 for 7.30pm
Loftus Town Hall
TS13 4HG

Everyone welcome – free entry – Tea and Coffee (but donations towards costs welcomed!)

This is the first in a short series of local interest talks for 2018 organised by Loftus Town Council with the active support of local experts, mostly held on the 4th Friday in the month

RAF Croft Memorial

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This sculpture of an airman stands by the side of the Northallerton Road at Dalton-on-Tees.
Croft Airman Memorial, Dalton-on-Tees
Per Ardua Ad Astra
In memory of and to honour those who served at Croft during World War II.
Dedicated by the members of 431 Iroquois and 434 Bluenose R.C.A.F Squadrons. 6 Group Bomber Command. 26 September 1987.Croft Airman Memorial, Dalton-on-Tees The sculptor was Helen Granger Young
Croft Airman Memorial, Dalton-on-Tees

Skinningrove Pillbox

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This Second World War Pillbox now rests on the beach, just to the north of Skinningrove
Skinningrove Pill Box
It was originally higher up the cliff, but has fallen here due to coastal erosion over the last 70 years.
Skinningrove Pill Box
It actually upside down as the doorway would have been at ground level.
Skinningrove Pill Box

The remains of the metal shutters to cover the firing position are still in place.
Skinningrove Pill Box

Great Ayton Wicker Soldier

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The solider was first erected in 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.
Wicker Soldier, Great Ayton

Woollen medals knitted by the Great Ayton Knit and Knatter group are put on the soldier on the day each one was killed, also a minutes silence is held at the village war memorial on the exact centenary of their death.
War Memorial, Great Ayton

The project will continue into 2018 by which time all 50 who were killed will have been remembered.

Wicker Soldier, Great Ayton

 

John Buntings War Memorial Chapel, Scotch Corner

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Not the Scotch Corner on the A66 but a hill near Sutton Bank, but either way after over 10 years of Hidden Teesside I have finally added a new category to the site called ‘Yes I know its not in Teesside’ to cover things that may be a short drive away.

This chapel was built by sculptor John Bunting as a memorial for those killed in the Second World War, he acquired the derelict farm buildings in 1956 and completed the rebuild in 1957.

John Bunting, War Memorial Chapel, Scotch Corner

It specifically commemorates three people all educated at Ampleforth College

Hugh Dormer, killed during the battle of Europe in 1944
Michael Fenwick, a poet killed in 1941 at Kowloon.
Michael Allmand, who was killed in Europe in 1944 and received the Victoria Cross

John Bunting, War Memorial Chapel, Scotch Corner

The chapel will next be open to the public on: Saturday 15th April 2017; Sunday 9th July 2017; Saturday September 9th 2017 and there is a huge amount of information available at http://www.johnbunting.co.uk/memorial.html

John Bunting, War Memorial Chapel, Scotch Corner