Back in early 2017 I visited the Picton Liberty Stone and it wasn’t there !
A news report on the 6th April 2005 said it had been stolen, then on the 8th April 2005 Police said â€œIt had been removed by a man trying to protect it from theft. It will be returned to its positionâ€
Parish meetings in 2010 talk about getting it listed by English Heritage and having a replica made. In late 2020 someone commented that the stone was back ! Whether this is the original or a replica is unclear.
CARLIN HOW WAR MEMORIAL 1914 – 1918 TO THE GLORIOUS DEAD THE PATH OF DUTY WAS THE WAY TO GLORY
2nd Lt G Mason Sergt. F Hutton Sergt. J Williams Corp. W Cherry Corp. J W Stephenson Corp. A Teasdale Corp J Thomas L. Corp. A Cudd L. Corp. J Elliott L. Corp. J H Wisbey L. Corp. T Wood Gunner J H Medcalf Driver D E Robinson Private J Burnett Private H Bury Private J Clarke Private F T Crossman Private J H Cryer Private W Defty Private R G Elliott Private P Flynn Corp. J J Clough
Private A E Glover Private T A Goldby Private G Hicks Private L C Hodgson Private J Jefferson Private W Kemp Private W Long Private E Loughran Private G R Mainforth Private G G Price Private J Rafferty Private J Richardson Private J Shaw Private J H Shepherd Private P Walker Private J Ward Private E Welham Private J Welham Private J Wickham Private E Wood Private J Jose
1939 – 1945
J A Auckland F Roper A W Clayton D W Stewart F Faye R Winspear R Locke J W Brackley J R Appleton H Cocks A F Brackley E Welham A E Harrison L Richardson W Page F Miller H Miller
Large horses such as Shires and Cleveland Bays were still in use across Cleveland for well over 100 years, into the late 1950s. Robin, Bishop and Duke were the last at Lingdale and feature in this photo as well as the mosaic.
The mosaic was the idea of Lingdale Liftoff, funded by Coast and Country and created by GlynisJohnson and the children of Lingdale Primary in 2013 (according to the tiles around the outside)
Unfortunately the background is slightly damaged at the top left, but hopefully it can be repaired before before spreading to the main subject.
Lockdown continues to make adding to the site more tricky, but I was able to capture these images while out at work. He is located inside the grounds Lingdale Primary School, so should not be visited without permission.
A trappy boy/lad was a child as young as 12, who worked in the ironstone mines opening and closing the air ventilation doors as horses and mine tub passed.
The sculpture was the idea of the Lingdale Lift-off group and looks to the work of J. Godbold of Egton, who also made the ironstone statues at Boosbeck and Eston. He was originally intended to mark a footpath to Kilton Mine, hence pointing his finger.
This plough was erected around August 2020, having been sourced from a farm in Moorsholm.
The plough carries the inscription Ord and Maddison, R.H. Ridging No.4
Ord and Maddison were based in Darlington but also had interests in limestone quarries in Weardale, the company existed from the 1850s until the 1950s
Ings Farm stood not far from the position of the plough, near the shops on what is now Warwick Road / Castle Road. The low garden walls on this estate are said to be constructed with stone from the farm
This plate belonged to 10 ton single cylinder road roller built in 1888 which was dispatched new to Kirkleatham Urban District Council and later owned by Redcar Urban District Council.
This company advert from the same year of 1888 may give an idea of what it looked like.
The only local photo I know which features a traction engine is this one from road laying at Lazenby, so there’s a very slim chance it could be the same engine.
At some point later in its life it was sent to Bomford & Evershed who were an agricultural machinery manufacturer and contractor based in Warwickshire, they formed in 1904 so it must be after than date, it was scrapped in the late 1930s
Many thanks to Stewart Ramsdale for highlighting this item when it recently surfaced at an auction house in Evesham, Worcestershire