Kirkleatham Railway Cottages

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Despite having no railway, Kirkleatham does have a row of railway cottages from 1847, they were dismantled and moved from Redcar in 1861 when the railway line was extended to Saltburn.

Kirkleatham Railway Cottages

Designed by John Middleton, these are the last remaining buildings of the Middlesbrough & Redcar Railway.


Update 2013 – Located a photo of the cottages in the original position


10 thoughts on “Kirkleatham Railway Cottages

  1. Was the railway line realigned around the Coatham (?) area when it was extended to Saltburn? An investigation using Google Earth seems to show earthworks of a trackbed nature in this area.

  2. Are you sure you are not talking about the realignment that was carried out in the early 1970’s which saw the end of Warrenby Halt (‘teacake halt’ as it was known) and the opening of the new British Steel Redcar station. This pulled the track about 1/2 mile soutwards from the old route

  3. Indeed there have been two changes, the most recent in the 70s as mentioned by David.

    The earlier one was as follows :-
    The original 1846 station was sold and became the Central Hall.
    The railway land was developed into the Queen Street area.

    I have added a map which shows the two locations, and the railway terrace is marked too

  4. It looks like the photograph was taken from the area of the coal depot, and where the cottages were is now between Henry Street & Turner Street, towards the Queen Street end.
    See Ordnance Survey 6 inch maps, Yorkshire Sheet 7 – various dates, and
    Ordnance Survey 25 inch maps, Yorkshire Sheet VII.2 & VII.3,
    on the National Library of Scotland maps website.

  5. So the railway tracks in the photo’ are the OLD line that terminated where the Town Clock is now? In that case why did the houses need to be moved?

  6. I’ll need to check what info I have but I have always thought that the houses were moved to Kirkleatham to facilitate the change of direction of the railway to go to Saltburn.
    Am I wrong? Were they moved to allow the old (original) line to be be built?

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