A valiant attempt to recreated a historic photo by M. Heavisides. These natural rock formations were a major tourist attraction in Victorian times but are now largely forgotten.
These wood carvings of Barn Owls by Steve Iredale were erected at various points around Skelton in 2022. These are at the junction of Station Lane and Saltburn Lane.
They have proved very popular and sadly there have since been several incidents of damage and theft.
The huge Ship Stone near the head of Tripsdale, from certain angles looks like the prow of a ship emerging from the ground.
There is a Latin inscription on the side
DEI PLENA SUNT OMNIA.
JOANNES CERVUS, BILVALLENSIS
written by John Hart of Oak House, Bilsdale.
All things are full of God.
John Hart, a man of Bilsdale.
This remote cross is a memorial to Probationary Flight Officer Francis Holt Yates Titcomb of the Royal Naval Air Service.
Flying a Maurice Farman Longhorn, he took off from the RNAS training airfield at Redcar on his first solo flight on 15 April 1917. He crashed after encountered snow clouds over the moors and died aged 19.
He is buried in Brompton Cemetery in London
The cross was erected by Mr J K Foster JP of Egton Manor in 1929 and sculpted by Mr J.W. Hill of Whitby.
Based on the design of a wayside cross near Vittel in the Vosges designed by Sir E L Lutyens
The cross in Egton was erected in 1912 in memory of John Foster.
Mr. John Foster died on Feb. 8th 1910 aged 78, his funeral took place at Egton on February 12th 1910.
Built 1889; was due to be demolished October 2020.
It is a North Eastern Railway Central Division Type N1+
(Info-Railway Signal Boxes: A review by John Minnis & Network Rail Signal Box database)
Thanks to Michael Thompson.
I’ve been taking a short break from Hidden Teesside, but I return with a kind contribution from Michael Thompson.
Greatham Railway Station was opened on 10 February 1841 as a branch of the Clarence Railway, from Billingham to Hartlepool. The station finally closed on 24 November 1991. Apart from serving the residents of Greatham the station also served as a freight station for the nearby salt works.
(Info – Wikipedia: Greatham Railway Station)
Greatham Station looking east towards Hartlepool (Michael Thompson)
Although the station has now been deleted from the Ordnance Survey maps the road from Greatham to the station is still called Station Road.
By 1842 the Shildon Tunnel went under the hill making the incline obsolete, it ceased operation in the 1880s.
The Enginemans House carries a “H1” Stockton and Darlington Railway ownership plaque
The Brusselton Incline Group was formed in 2014 to carry our restoration and maintenance of the site.
This stone seat would have overlooked Ingleby Manor, but it now lies hidden in a plantation.
Lady Mary Ross was the mother of Mary Foulis of Ingleby Manor and the wife of Sir Charles Lockhart-Ross 7th Baronet. Dated 1837, she died in 1842
Flax was used in the manufacture of ships sails which would have then been used in the shipyards of Stockton, in 1827 Stockton had four flax merchants and three linen factories.
The plaque read :-
This stone was erected to commemorate the completion of the 60th year of the reign of Queen Victoria. It was found near the village of Hartburn and used to beat flax on in former days.
A smaller much later plaque dates from 2nd April 1983, it shows the link between William of Hertburne, who became William of Wessyngton in 1183.
His descendant George Washington became the first president of the USA.