Lealholm only had a Quaker cemetery until St. James’ Church was built around the turn of the century by Sir Francis Ley.
Before that burials were either at Danby or Glaisdale and this building housed the village hearse.
I think the date stone reads MDCCCLVI (1856)
Long before any state benefits, friendly societies existed to help families financially during times of illness or death in return for a monthly payment. The plaque is above the door of the Shepherds Hall which dates from 1873 (now a tea room)
They still exist today as the Shepherds Friendly Society, offering savings and insurance.
I’ve been hanging onto these photos for over 15 years, I didn’t work directly on the reline project, but set up a database which held documents and photos for them.
Now that the database and the blast furnace are gone, hopefully there should be no issue with me sharing them.
Hope it brings back memories of happier times in the steel industry and would love to hear from anyone pictured.
Full album of 49 photos below :-
This photo was sent to me by Aaron late last year, from Maddison Street / Station Street Shildon.
Radios, Appliances, Electrical Components, Lamps, Fancyware, Toys, Bags, Crockery, Rugs, Mats, General Hardware Dealer, Paraffin.
I suspect it might be gone soon (if not already) as part of the building is already a house and windows have been installed.
Back in 2009 the whole lot was a shell and still had a shop front.
These old advertisement have been revealed by the removal of a billboard near the Lobster Hotel.
The Benson and Hedges poster is fairly obvious, but what about the one on the left ?
Someone serving bread rolls in a uniform, but what for ? Flights or Railways ? 1980s ?
What looks like “Darlington to” in text made me think trains, but the logo doesn’t look like a British Rail one.
Can anyone identify it ?:
The Dewhirsts factory shop closed down around 2013 after numerous name changes to Impression and finally AJ’s Outlet.
(I think they actually stopped manufacturing clothes there in the late 1990s)
As of late 2015 the site is being cleared
This Phoenix Sculpture by Steve Tomlinson stands outside the new Dormanstown Primary Academy
As stated on the plaque it was donated by the Learning Team from the Newcastle Theatre Royal, presumably when the school was rebuilt, hence the Phoenix.
I previously captured the old school, previously known as Clara Lady Dorman being demolished in August 2011