Letter from the Front – Friday 23rd March – Loftus Town Hall

Explore Our Heritage In Loftus Town Hall
Letters from the Front
An Illustrated talk by Mr Peter Appleton from Skelton History Group
Friday 23 March 2018 ​
7 for 7.30pm
Loftus Town Hall
TS13 4HG

Everyone welcome – free entry – Tea and Coffee (but donations towards costs welcomed!)

This is the first in a short series of local interest talks for 2018 organised by Loftus Town Council with the active support of local experts, mostly held on the 4th Friday in the month

RAF Croft Memorial

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This sculpture of an airman stands by the side of the Northallerton Road at Dalton-on-Tees.
Croft Airman Memorial, Dalton-on-Tees
Per Ardua Ad Astra
In memory of and to honour those who served at Croft during World War II.
Dedicated by the members of 431 Iroquois and 434 Bluenose R.C.A.F Squadrons. 6 Group Bomber Command. 26 September 1987.Croft Airman Memorial, Dalton-on-Tees The sculptor was Helen Granger Young
Croft Airman Memorial, Dalton-on-Tees

King George V Fountain and Trough, Hurworth-on-Tees

Hurworth-on-Tees Pillar
This Public drinking fountain and horse trough was erected in 1911 for Alice and Maude Scurfield to commemorate the accession to the throne of King George V
Hurworth-on-Tees Pillar
The fountain head is badly damaged, with just the pipe remaining
Hurworth-on-Tees Pillar
The fountain no longer run and has been used as a flower bed.
Hurworth-on-Tees Pillar
Alice Scurfield died just a couple of years in 1913 and (Rose) Maude in 1936

Neasham Pump House

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This small building dating from 1879 once housed a water pump for the village. The pump was shaped like the Sockburn Worm with its tail forming the pump handle.
Neasham Shelter
After the pump was removed in 1911 the structure remained as a shelter, which is now a Grade II listed building. It caries a plaque with the 1879 construction date and the initials “SRW” for Samuel Rowland Chapman-Ward of Neasham (who committed suicide at Penrith Railway Station just a few years later in 1883)
Neasham Shelter

Childhood Memory Walks

Delve into the past childhoods of free roaming children and listen to colourful stories of local characters. Based on recordings from our Heritage Lottery Funded, Where the Wild Things Were project, we will take you off the beaten track and out into your local area to discover how childhoods, wildlife and the local landscape have changed from recordings, maps and archival photos.
These fun and friendly walks begin promptly at 10.00am and finish by 1.00pm or earlier. Dress for the weather and wear suitable footwear for walking along muddy footpaths and tracks. There may be steep sections on some of the walks. Bring a hot drink, a snack and your camera. The schedule of walks is:

Places on each walk will be limited. You are required to book by calling 01287 636382 or email info@teeswildlife.org For more details visit the Tees Valley Trust’s website events page http://www.teeswildlife.org/events/

Hell Kettles, Croft-on-Tees

At first glance these ponds appear unremarkable, but the name and the aerial images hint at something much more interesting. They are actually sinkholes in the Magnesian Limestone

Hells Kettles, Croft-on-Tees

The holes are believed to have formed in an earthquake in 1179 and a huge amount of local folklore and legends have built up about site, which you can read on the ‘Old Corpse Road’ website. Links to Lewis Carols Alice in Wonderland have also been claimed as Charles Dodgson lived nearby as a child

The northern ‘Double Kettle’ is filled with water from surface run-off, however the water in the southern ‘Croft Kettle’ comes from subterranean springs, which is very noticeable on Google Earth imagery. The site is a SSSI as its the only place in Country Durham where this occurs.

Cleveland Railway Bridge, Flatts Lane

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The Cleveland Railway opened in 1861 as a freight line for the local ironstone mines, but the route quickly became duplicated and redundant and closed in 1873, after only 12 years of use.


This sandstone wall marks where the line crossed over Flatts Lane as it turned North towards Middlesbrough.

Cleveland Railway

An excellent account of the Cleveland Railway can be found in Andrew Pearson’s comment on this previous post

Inland Jet Mining In the North York Moors – Friday 20th October

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Jet has become so inextricably linked with the sea cliffs around Whitby that many people are now unaware that it was extensively mined throughout the North York Moors and Cleveland Hills.

Hear about the research work of the North York Moors Caving Club and the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society in surveying this nearly forgotten industry in a talk by Chris Twigg

Friday 20th October 7pm
St. Matthew’s Church, Grosmont
Tickets £3 donation to church funds
Refreshments included.