The plaque has seen better days, but it says the 9 tonne block was extracted from the Eston mine in 1850 and stood outside the head offices of Bolckow & Vaughan until 1982.
Making sure to be aware of the tides, the trip between Staithes and Port Mulgrave is a good one, unfortunately I forgot the memory card in the camera, so only phone photos this time.
Old Nab has the remains of ‘bord and pillar’ working now clearly visible on the shore
A large adit into ironstone seams is visible in the cliff at the north end of the Wyke, these workings once extended up to 1km inland although now they are collapsed after a very short distance, the cliff above is also very unstable with stones constantly falling.
A smaller collapsed adit is visible just a few meters south of the larger one
Much further to the south, just before the large landslip known as Sheepstones, there is another large adit.
However this is a good distance up the cliff and its impossible to tell if it travels from any distance, it would seem extremely unlikely given the fragile nature of all the cliffs in this area.
Teesaurus Park is one of those places that many locals don’t even know exists. First opened in 1979 with the Teessaurus a triceratops by Genevieve Glatt, fabricated by Harts of Stockton at a cost of Â£16,000.
The two babies and other sculptures were added in 1987.
If you want to split hairs the mammoth came about 65 million years after the dinosaurs.
The cheerful brachiasaurus
The sculptures were built by workers on the government Youth and Employment Training Scheme, its a shame the council can’t see their way to giving them all a lick of paint a bit more often.
Update : December 2011 – Made some corrections to the chronology of the sculptures, I had previously said the T-Rex was first which is incorrect, Teesaurus came first !