Marton Hall Colonnade, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

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This is all that remains of Henry Bolckows residence, built in 1856. The original building showing the colonnade can be seen here
Marton Hall, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough
Marton Hall, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough
Marton Hall, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough
The house burnt down just before it was due to be demolished in 1960, it is now the site of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. and has some interesting Totem Poles outside. Northwest Coast Canadian totem pole by Tim Paul and Richard Hunt (1979) and Community totem pole by North East carver David Gross (2006)
Totum Poles, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough
Also theres the Marton Moai made with stone from Aislaby
Easter Island Head, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough
Finally a short distance to the west, stands a garden temple
Gothic Temple, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

Update 6/12/11
As part of the renovation of the park, the colonnade has been cleared of graffiti and the template cleaned and repaired.
Stewart Park Temple

Alpha Place, Saltburn

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Alpha Place was the first building in “new” Saltburn, the foundation stone was laid by Henry Pease on 23rd January 1861, before the line opened on 19th August 1861.

Alpha Place and Train, Saltburn  

It stood directly in the middle of what is now Milton Street between Garnet Street and Ruby Street, and was demolished in 1901 to extend Milton Street.

Alpha Place Map, Saltburn 

The foundation stone has since been reused and can be seen in flats on Marine Parade.

Alpha Place Stone, Saltburn 

UPDATE : Callum Duff has provided the following information on Alpha Place.

Whilst researching Alpha Place for our forthcoming memorial to Saltburn’s first buildings I have tried to rationalize just why it was built in the first place. It seems odd that a town so meticulously planned would then allow a building to be constructed that effectively traversed the main shopping thoroughfare of Milton St? My only conclusion is that Alpha Place was only intended to be a temporary building. I think that this row of cottages were constructed almost as ‘showhouses’ to demonstrate to mid-range developers how attractive buildings could be constructed with furnace bricks (these are not bricks designed for housebuilding). I would imagine that Saltburn Improvement Company had already taken orders for the main building plots in the town (Hotels & Villas) and now needed houses built within the town framework for those who would service these buildings and the mines at Hob Hill and Huntcliff. Perhaps the first fare-paying passengers into the town were these potential developers on some kind of sales promotion? This would rationalize the lack of photographic evidence in the sense that these speculative builders might not want to be seen to be investing ‘just yet’. This is merely a hypothesis but with nothing to see in the town in 1861 apart from a number of half-finished buildings, one must wonder at the intention of visitors? I imagine that this would be an effective way of bringing investment and building to the town. It obviously worked when look at the kind of building that took place in Saltburn’s early years; After the initial build of the Railway, Hotels and Villas, the next stage of development shows the building of Coral & Garnet St, Stanhope St and ‘Show Terraces’ like Warrior Terrace which shows more than a passing resemblance to Alpha Place. And all in whitebrick of course.


St Hildas Bells, Middlesbrough

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The 8 bells from St Hildas are now located in central Middlesbrough.

St Hildas Bells, Middlesbrough St Hildas Bells, Middlesbrough St Hildas Bells, Middlesbrough

They date from 1864 and were cast by Mears and Stainbeck, bells were donated by Bolckow and Vaughan, Thomas Vaughan, Cochrane and Company, Joseph Pease, Hopkins and Company, Gilkes Wilson Company, Clay Lane and South Bank Iron Companies and the local clergy.

St Hildas Bells Plaque, Middlesbrough St Hildas Bells Plaque, Middlesbrough

St Hildas Bells Plaque, Middlesbrough St Hildas Bells Plaque, Middlesbrough

St Hildas Bells Plaque, Middlesbrough

After the demolition of the church in 1969 they were stored until 1975, then hung in a side street at the south side of All Saints Church, in 2005 they were moved to the current more prominent location.



Bottle of Notes Scupture, Middlesbrough

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The Bottle of Notes by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen has been in Middlesbrough since 1993. Their website includes interesting photos of the construction and transportation of the sculpture

 Middlesbrough Bottle Of Notes

The outer text is from the 1768 ships log of Captain James Cook.

“We had every advantage we could desire in observing the whole of the passage of the planet Venus over the Sun’s disc”

The inner text is from a poem written by Coosje van Brugen

“I like to remember seagulls in full flight gliding over the ring of canals.”

St Hildas Churchyard, Tower Green, Middlesbrough

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The chuch of St Hildas was demolished in 1969, all that remains is a brick block marking the position of the altar from which even the plaque has been stolen. The housing that replaced it is already being demolished.

Middlesbrough, St Hildas Plaque (gone) 

The area is surrounded with flattened gravestones which are now all virtually covered in grass,

Middlesbrough, St Hildas Grave 

West Lodge and Memorial Clock, Albert Park, Middlebrough

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West Lodge was actually built in 1866, two years before Albert Park was opened

Middlesbrough West Lodge, Albert Park

There should be a plaque of dedication on the right, but it appears to be missing currently, there is coat of arms with Middlesbroughs motto “Erimus” which is Latin for ‘We shall be’. There is a carved owl to the rear of the building, possibly something to do with the Friends of Albert Park who I think are based there.

Middlesbrough West Lodge, Albert Park Middlesbrough, Carved Owl, Albert Park

The memorial clock was donated by Councillor Thomas Sanderson in 1900. It was manufactured by Walter Macfarlane & Co. of Glasgow.

Middlesbrough, Memorial Clock and West Lodge, Albert Park  

At one time the clock bore the inscription ‘This Clock, with Tower, was presented to the Inhabitants of the Town by Thomas Sanderson, Esq., J.P., as a momento of his long connection with the Council (as Councillor, Alderman, and Mayor), and with the Borough of Middlesbrough. May, 1900.’

The clock was started by Sanderson on 28th August 1900 and two years later he paid for a striking mechanism.