The Redcar – Saltburn Border, Coast Road

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Saltburn Urban District Council has existed since 1894, while Redcar only became a Borough in 1922, so this marker post must have been placed after that date. Neither have existed since the formation of the ‘County Borough of Teesside’ in 1968.

Redcar Saltburn Boundary

It may have been required to mark the boundary when the Coast Road was first opened in 1923, although this could be a later marker.

Coast Road opening.

New Marske Girls Brigade Mosaic

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This mosaic on New Marske Methodist Church is the work of Helen Jane Gaunt and Derek Mosey, it was unveiled in July 2013 to mark 35 years of the New Marske branch and 120 years of the Girls Brigade worldwide.

New Marske Methodist Mosaic

The mosaic features the earlier Methodist tin chapel which was destroyed by fire in 1974, at the top left. At the top right is St Thomas Church, with the central image being a horse pulling at ironstone tub from the mines.

The crest at the bottom right with the cross and lamp is the Girls Brigade.

Marske Hall

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Marske Hall was built for William Pennyman in 1625 and passed around the local nobility such as Lowther, Dundas and Zetland Families.

Marske Hall
Marske Hall 2020

The last resident was the Dowager Lady Zetland.

Lilian Forence Selina Marchioness of Zetland

The Hall was used the Royal Flying Corp in WW1, the Army in WW2 and also as a private school, before opening as Cheshire Homes in 1963, who ran it as a home for the disabled until 2019 when it passed to the Valorum Care Group.

Marske Hall 1870s

St Peters Redcar, Foundation Stone

The foundation stone for St Peters in Redcar was laid on Monday 30th June 1823, with the events of the day being reported in detail in the Durham County Advertiser.

Durham County Advertiser 1823

I wonder if the ‘time-capsule’ of documents and coins is still inside the building, or whether it was disturbed by later changes, a rough translation of the Latin inscription is :-

The first stone is placed
Feast of St Peter 1823

King George IV Ruling
Edward Venables Vernon, Archbishop of York
Baron Lawrence Dundas, Lord of Manor
Joseph Harrison, Vicar

Fund raising and completion was a major a problem and the £1100 costs had become £2700 by it was finally finished in 1829.

This etching is said to date from 1826, so the church was incomplete at this point and it may have still been an impression of what it should look like.

1826 etching

Things to notice about this compared to St Peters today are that no clock is visible (this was added in 1835) and there are only 4 sets of windows at the side not 5 (the church was extended in 1848) and no Lady Chapel at the rear (built much later in 1926)

Redcar Rinkeries – Roller Skating Rink

This wonderful photograph from Redcar is regularly mis-identified as either Redcar Pier Ballroom or Coatham Pier (The Glasshouse / Regent Cinema)

Redcar Rinkeries

Fortunately, Fred Brunskill is in possession of a glass-plate negative which is labeled “Redcar Rinkeries” which gives us the clue to the actual location. An advert for Redcar Rinkeries is shown in the 1910 Bennetts Directory and gives the address as Redcar Lane

1910 Bennetts Directory

This Gazette article from May 1909 describes the opening day again with a location on Redcar Lane that is away from houses. The manager was T. B. Freeman and the building was erected by Henry McNaughton

Adverts for the Redcar Rinkeries appear throughout 1909, with Miss Jobbing named as the ladies instructor and special events with late trains arranged from Grangetown and South Bank.

However the Rinkeries don’t seem to have been a success, perhaps due to being quite a distance out of town at the time and there are no further mentions after 1910, due to the short-lived nature of the business, perhaps the people in the photograph include Mr Freeman and Miss Jobbing?

Historic mapping shows only one possible location. A large structure on Redcar Lane is shown on the 1913 map (marked in red) that wasn’t there in 1894. By 1927 it has been removed and replaced by 65-75 Redcar Lane. So the Rinkeries stood between the end of Ings Road and the Furlongs

Redcar Working Mens Unionist Club, 1926

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Redcar Working Mens Unionist Club was opened by the Marquess of Zetland on the 11th August 1926. The “KT” indicates he was a member of “The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle”

Dene Grove 1926

Also present that day were local MP at the time Sir Park Goff and Mr W. C. Fawcett

Lawrence Dundas, 1st Marquess of Zetland (16 August 1844 – 11 March 1929)
Sir Park Goff, 1st Bt, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x74944
Sir Park Goff, 1st Bt
by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 30 June 1920
NPG x74944
© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Pearson Ghostsign, Great Ayton

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This sign is visible on the side of Coopers Chemists in Great Ayton. Its still fairly clear and I read it as :-

Wm Pearson, Builders & Depot for Builders Materials

Great Ayton, William Pearson Builders

In the 1901 census there is a William Pearson, 52 Builder Contractor living at Well Cottage. He built the terrace known as Pearson Ville and also the house that became the Worthy Pearsons shop owned by his descendants.

Borough of Redcar Grate and Manhole Cover – Anderston Foundry

I don’t think it’s possible to stay any closer to home as this is outside my house and I had never noticed it. Most grates have been changed and modernised over the years, but I seem to have an original from the Borough of Redcar. The 1934 date ties in with the construction of my street in Redcar East.

Redcar Grate
Borough or Redcar 1934

Anderston Foundry was based in Glasgow, but expanded to Middlesbrough in 1874, being based at Port Clarence on the North bank of the Tees, next to the Transporter Bridge.

Anderston Foundary

A couple of steps further away is a Borough or Redcar manhole cover, presumable also an original from 1934, i’m going to hazard a guess that the central AFC logo is for the Anderston Foundry Company.

Redcar Manhole

East Cleveland Baptist Church 1928

The current travel restrictions mean i’ve been able to take a closer a look at things very close to home in a lot more detail.

East Cleveland Baptist Church

The East Cleveland Baptist Church has a large number of inscribed stones on the Stanley Grove side that I had never noticed before. Mr A R Doggart J.P is named as the President in 1928, so I suspect that’s the date the building was erected.

East Cleveland Baptist Church
Members of the Church Mrs M J Agar, Mr A R Doggart J.P President 1928

Arthur Robert Doggart was President of the Baptist Union at this time and remained so until his death in 1932. Doggarts owned a chain of department stores based in Bishop Auckland.

Arthur Robert Doggart
Doggarts 1917 advert
East Cleveland Baptist Church
Dr Wynne Williams, Alderman J Morland
Alderman J Morland, died in 1934
East Cleveland Baptist Church
Mrs McGregor, Mrs Hickson, Mrs S Foster, Mr T Potter, Mr J. W. Slack
East Cleveland Baptist Church
Miss Anderson, Miss Murray, Children of the Sunday School , (Angus Stewart ?)

Fortunately I have found a news report about the ceremony in which these stones were laid on Saturday 15 December 1928. The building cost £3170.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer – Monday 17 December 1928

Cliff House, Marske

Cliff House was built as a summer residence by Sir Joseph Pease in 1844. Sir Joseph was heavily involved with establishing the Stockton and Darlington Railway and the Middlesbrough Estate.

Cliff House, Marske
Cliff House

This Pease Family involvement in the area predates the opening of the Upleatham Ironstone Mine at New Marske in 1851 and his brother Sir Henry’s historic visit to Saltburn in 1859 after which he developed that resort.

The 1911 census shows 6 members of the Pease Family still in residence with 6 members of staff.

With the closure of the Upleatham Ironstone mine in 1924, the Pease family influence may have decreased and Cliff House passes to the Holiday Fellowship in 1934, several postcards exist of it in that time.

Thomas Arthur Leonard developed outdoor holidays for working people through the Holiday Fellowship. He also helped to establish the Youth Hostels Association and the Ramblers’ Association.

Cliff House – Holiday Fellowship
1938 Conservatory

The Holiday Fellowship apparently moved out around 1974 and after a period of dereliction the building became a retirement home in 1981.