OK, its a long way from Teesside as someone always points out, but its not something you see everyday.
One side seems to have been damaged but the opposite side carries the name “R Banks”
John Robert Francis Wild was born on the 10th of April 1873 in Skelton.
Wikipedia informs us :-
In 1901 he was a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s crew as an Able seaman on the Discovery, along with Ernest Shackleton who was then a sub-lieutenant.
He was with Shackleton on the Nimrod Expedition 1908–1909 and was a member of the team that crossed the Ross Barrier and Beardmore Glacier at a record latitude of 88º23’S.
In 1911 he joined Douglas Mawson’s Aurora expedition and was in charge of the western base on the Shackleton Ice Shelf.
He served as Shackleton’s second-in-command on Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–1916).
He was second-in-command of the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition (1921–22).
A more extensive biography and photos can be found here
I was always doomed to failure, trying to get a decent photo of something behind glass in a well lit building.
Apologies for the low light camera phone picture, but its rare not to find it blocked by parked cars.
The mural has had a tough start to life, being vandalized within 24 hours of being painted and later blown down by high winds.
These ornate doors on a bar at 42 Albert Road are from the National Provincial Bank, the 24 panels inscribed are with Greek lettering showing coins from the Mediterranean.
The doors are from the late 1930s and were designed by W.F.C. Holden. A similar stainless steel version appears on the NatWest in Coventry
I believe this is part of one of the 70 miles of moorland water races built between Joseph Foord between 1747 and 1768. It would have supplied water to Gillamoor, Fadmoor and Kirkbymoorside.
The races remaining in use until the early 20th century.
This sundial near Smout House commands a fantastic view down Bransdale, the octagonal base is from the early 19th century.
The dial itself is relatively modern and carries the name Silas Higgon, as artist who still manufactures sundials today.
The reading room was first opened on Tuesday November 21st 1911, funded by Joseph Page and built by Glasweigan-based company Speirs and Company
It fell into disuse around the 1940s but thanks to recent grants has been restored.
The building is now back in regular use by Appleton Film Society and Appleton Book Club amongst others.