This building from 1927 was the infants block of Lawson School, the main building was long since demolished.
The building later served as book repository and is now used by the Tees Valley Target Sports Club
West Dyke currently goes underground at the edge of the A174, an area now prone to flooding. An open stream is shown here on 1970s maps and until recently the top of Oxgang Bridge was still visible at the edge of Plantation Road, although the parapets have since been removed.
A footpath which follows the course of the steam runs from Plantation Road all the way down the side of the racecouse, this is shown as an open stream on 1950s maps before the construction of West Dyke Road and Lakes estate. Being pushed underground around Greystoke Road by the 1970s
A sharp westerly turn is taken at the end of Thrush Road, and in the 1930s it came back to surface alongside Corporation Road, this area must have been culverted when Sandringham/Buckingham Roads were built.
The stream can then be seen going back south and under Corporation Road, amazingly the concrete parapet for this old bridge still exists despite the College having been built over the site in the 1960s when that stretch was most likely culverted too
The 1950s map shows an open stream going under Corporation Road and behind the houses on the south side before going into Locke Park
Virtually the full length of the culvert remains under footpaths, presumably in case of collapse.
The North Eastern Daily Gazette was the name of what is today the Evening Gazette, between 1881 and 1936
The Zetland Lifeboat Museum is a familiar sight on Redcar Seafront, but it dates from 1877 much later than when the Zetland itself was in service from 1802 – 1864.
This lifeboat station and lifeboat were funded by the philanthopy of Emma Dawson and the United Order of Free Gardeners, the boat being named ‘Emma’ in her honour, it actually operated independantly of the RNLI.
There are several sandstone carvings, all of which are now heavily weathered.
The left stones are the emblem of the United Order of Free Gardeners and the build date 1877, with her intials “ED”
Emma Dawsons family crest is on the right, with ‘WH’ for Weston Hall her home.
Weston Hall (Gordon Hatton) / CC BY-SA 2.0
Emma Dawson died on 29th October 1880, a memorial and stained glass window can be seen in All Saints Church near Weston Hall.
‘This monument was erected by her Redcar Lifeboat crew as a record of their respectful gratitude for the disinterested services, the eminent usefulness, and the long-tried and faithful attachment of their glorified friend.’
The ‘Emma’ was in service from 1877 to 1884 and the building becamethe home of the Zetland in 1907.
As with most historic churches theres no shortage of interesting items inside to view, such as this Anglo-Saxon grave cover.
Sir William Gervase Beckett was MP for Whitby from 1906-1918. He became 1st Baronet Beckett, of Kirkdale Manor in 1921
The organ is from the early 20th century.
Orm Gamal suna bohte Sanctus Gregorius Minster ðonne hit wæs æl tobrocan and tofalan and he hit let macan newan from grunde Christe and Sanctus Gregorius in Eadward dagum cyning and in Tosti dagum eorl.
Orm son of Gamal bought St. Gregory’s Minster when it was all ruined and collapsed and he caused it to be made new from the ground for Christ and St. Gregory in the days of Edward the King and in the days of Tosti the Earl
The sundial itself is inscribed :-
þis is dæges solmerca, æt ilcum tide.
This is the day’s sun-marker, at every tide.
and Hawarð me wrohte and Brand presbyter
And Haward wrought me and Brand priests.
This is of particular note as it’s from the Old Norse “solmerki” showing a link back to the Vikings.
Kirkdale Cave was discovered by quarrymen in 1821 and documented by William Buckland in 1822.
It had been used a hyena den and contained bones from animals such as elephants, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses and bison from around 125,000 years ago.
This was controvesial at the time as the church was of the position they were deposited by the biblical flood.
Bogg Hall Rising is the resurgence of both the River Dove and Hutton Beck from their underground courses.
Entry into the flooded cave itself is only suitable for very experienced cavers.
The York Caving Club and North Yorkshire Moors Caving Club also discovered Excalibur Pot, a large cave system nearby. Permits are available for BCA-registered caving clubs.
Probably the closest to home entry the website will ever see. I found this whist digging the garden a few months ago and have gradually cleaned it from a blob of rust into a recognisable button.
After a little investigation I believe it to World War 1 General Service Corps button,
Heres a mint example from Cold War Warrior