This fragment of wall near St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Hart is the only above-ground remains of a medieval great house owned from the 12th to the 16th centuries by the de Brus and Clifford Lords.
The history is well described in the Scheduled Ancient Monument listing :-
The manor of Hart and Harterness was granted by the king to Robert de Brus after the Norman Conquest. Documents indicate that the extent of this manor was larger in pre-Conquest times. Throughout its history, the right of disposal of the manor was a source of dispute between the Crown and the Bishop of Durham. The manor subsequently descended through the Brus family most notably to Robert de Brus VII; after the latter’s assumption to the Scottish throne in 1306, Edward I granted the manor to Robert de Clifford in whose family it remained until 1580, with only brief interruption by claims from a number of bishops. In 1580 the manor was sold to Robert Petrie and John Morley and then to the Lumley family who, with the exception of a brief period of administration by Parliament from 1644-1660, retained it until 1770. In 1770 the estate was sold to the Milbank family.
It’s a long time since i’ve visited Hartlepool now that I no longer work near there.
It was nice to come back for a Stench Pipe though !
I suspect there are a lot more out there in Hartlepool of a similar age.
100 years ago today 1500 shells were fired at Hartlepool during the bombardment by the German Cruisers Seydlitz, Moltke and Blucher. Leading to the death of the first soldier killed on British soil during the First World War.
A series of events took place today to mark the occasion
Thomas Richardson had acquired the Hartlepool Iron Works in 1847 and this bridge lintel is dated 1851. Although it doesnt appear to be structural as the surround bridge is much newer.
A friend at Network Rail informs me there is a 1940 steel deck built from old rails that carries no tracks.
The live line are carried by a modern steel slab deck installed in 1989.
Hart Windmill was built in the 19th Century and was operational until 1915, although a mill is thought to have stood on the hill since 1314
It wasÂ restoredÂ in 1991 as previous toÂ that it had no wooden cap, although it still lacksÂ any sails.
The area to the North-West of Hartlepool seems to have been a heavily defended during World War 2.
Here is another example of a pillbox in that area, although sadly this one is sealed up and covered in grafiti.