Swinsty Cross

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This remote cross is a memorial to Probationary Flight Officer Francis Holt Yates Titcomb of the Royal Naval Air Service.

Memorial cross for Probationary Flight Officer Francis Titcomb

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

Memorial cross for Probationary Flight Officer Francis Titcomb

The cross was erected by Mr J K Foster JP of Egton Manor in 1929 and sculpted by Mr J.W. Hill of Whitby.

Memorial cross for Probationary Flight Officer Francis Titcomb

Based on the design of a wayside cross near Vittel in the Vosges designed by Sir E L Lutyens

Coleville Manuscript – Redcar

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Written in 1865 by Frederick Colvile, The Coleville Manuscript is a sketchbook come 19th Century journal of a trip around the coast and pastures of Redcar & Cleveland. The book held by Teesside Archives forms the root of an upcoming exhibition for Tees Valley Arts at their new gallery space in Redcar, The Redcar Palace.

Never seen by the public before, the archival document details first hand, leisure and labour in Redcar and includes over 90 illustrations detailing the traditions of foying, selling fish, donkey rides and seawater bathing. The Redcar Palace will play host to the loaned manuscript presented alongside artworks responding to Coleville’s observations as a holiday maker visiting the town. Featured artists and newly commissioned works include; oil pastel sketches by Redcar based Ross Lombardy. A collaboration between Redcar fishing family born writer Carmen Marcus and Saltburn by the Sea photographer Kev Howard. As well as, Whitby based ceramicist Aphra O’Connor’s reinterpretation of the seaside, amongst many

Opening on October 15th at The Redcar Palace, in partnership with Teesside Archives, it will be the first time the book has been in Redcar since it was written over 150 years ago.

Ord and Maddison Plough, Ings Farm, Redcar

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This plough was erected around August 2020, having been sourced from a farm in Moorsholm.

Ord and Maddison Plough, Ings Farm

The plough carries the inscription Ord and Maddison, R.H. Ridging No.4

Ord and Maddison Plough, Ings Farm

Ord and Maddison were based in Darlington but also had interests in limestone quarries in Weardale, the company existed from the 1850s until the 1950s

Ings Farm stood not far from the position of the plough, near the shops on what is now Warwick Road / Castle Road. The low garden walls on this estate are said to be constructed with stone from the farm

Kirkleatham and Redcar Traction Engine

No. 2350

This plate belonged to 10 ton single cylinder road roller built in 1888 which was dispatched new to Kirkleatham Urban District Council and later owned by Redcar Urban District Council.

This company advert from the same year of 1888 may give an idea of what it looked like.

1888 advert.

The only local photo I know which features a traction engine is this one from road laying at Lazenby, so there’s a very slim chance it could be the same engine.

At some point later in its life it was sent to Bomford & Evershed who were an agricultural machinery manufacturer and contractor based in Warwickshire, they formed in 1904 so it must be after than date, it was scrapped in the late 1930s

Many thanks to Stewart Ramsdale for highlighting this item when it recently surfaced at an auction house in Evesham, Worcestershire

The Redcar Sufferers – Seven Fisherman Lost – Wednesday 22nd December 1824

Much has been written over the years about deaths and rescue on the sea at Redcar, but this one from 1824 seems to have been forgotten perhaps, despite seven men being killed in one day and a major public appeal for their families. With the deaths being in 1824 before the completion of St Peters in Redcar, they were buried in St Germains at Marske rather than Redcar.

Those killed were George Robinson and his two sons Christopher and Thomas Robinson. Thomas Hall and his two sons George and Richard Hall. William Guy (but not the same one who was killed in a rescue on 25 December 1836, nearly 12 years to the day later)

Yorkshire Gazette – Saturday 01 January 1825
Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser – Tuesday 04 January 1825.
Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser – Tuesday 04 January 1825.
George ROBINSON and his 2 sons Christopher and Thomas
George ROBINSON and his 2 sons Christopher and Thomas died 22 Dec 1824 aged 57, 24, and 17, his wife Ruth died 10 Jan 1840 aged 73, their daughter Ruth aged 3.
Burial records from 1824, three of the men listed as drowned out of fishing cobles.
Donations by mid February

£1000 in 1824 is roughly the equivalent of £100,000 today so the public appeal had a high profile with donations from various Earls and Knights

Goodbye United Ghostsign

When I saw scaffolding going up on this building I feared the sign, which apparently dated from the opening of the bus station in 1938, might be about to be lost.

United Ghostsign
Travel by Road to York, Doncaster or London by United. Luxury coach services by day or night.

As of today it seems to have been painted over. If I was the developer I would have painted it back on brand new as a feature !

United Ghostsign, Redcar (gone)

More Redcar Windmills

Peter Morgan replied to my previous about The Three Windmills of Redcar with the following notes that I felt needed their own post. I also recently found the graves of two members of the Coulson family at Kirkleatham.

Major source of data is from John Harrison’s book “Eight Centuries of Milling in North East Yorkshire” A monumental work which is the definitive authority on mills throughout the area.

KIRKLEATHAM MILL Post Mill on fields above Yearby village. In 1340 a wind mill at Kirkleatham valued at £4 per annum. Shown in engraving of 1700.

COATHAM (WEST) – Post mill near TODDS POINT – This was the Medieval Mill. Ruinous in 1340 & 1367.It was either rebuilt or replaced as in 1535 Prior was receiving £20-14s. “from Cottum with wind mill there”.
Worth £2 in 1613 – ex-Monastic lands. Guisborough 1540.
References in gift of Salt Pans to Guisborough Priory by Wiliam de Tockotes.
Shown on estate plans etc.
1347 – Reference in CHANCERY ROLLS relating to complaint that the “miller of West Cothm” with others had taken timber washed ashore which was rightfully the property of the Lord of Mulgrave.

COATHAM (MARSH HOUSE) TOWER MILL with granaries – built before 1740 burnt down 1815.
Coatham was a port – the Turner family were exporting flour to Newcastle & London.

S28 (from Peter Verrill’s “Old Recar” Preasentation)

COATHAM WINDMILL (West Coatham) Pre. 1832.
It stood behind the Primitive Methodist Church, Station rd, near the junction of Station & Coatham rd.
The precise age of the windmill is unknown but it is certain that it was in existence before 1840. Originally it was fitted with a huge pair of sails, and in conjunction with Redcar mill it served a very large area of Cleveland.
In the later half of the 19th cent the sails of the mill were taken down, the building fell into disuse & the upper storeys became a refuge for pigeons.
Later the structure became incorporated with the adjoining church buildings & the tower was used as an observatory by one of the ministers, Mr. Franks, who was an amateur astronomer.
During World War 1, the government made use of the tower as an observation post & built an additional room on top for this purpose.
When the local Methodists built the church, it was designed round the windmill, with the chapel upstairs & shops on the ground floor. Eventually it became the dole office. The chapel shops and the remains of the windmill were demolished in 1964 when the United Reform Church Hall was built. A small part of the windmill was retained & built into the walls of the new buildings.

1806 January 4th NEWCASTLE COURANT

COATHAM MILL and GRANARIES, below Stockton, situated at the mouth of the River Tees, where vessels may load and unload at all seasons of the year.
JAMES DAVISON respectfully acquaints His Friends and the Public, that he house entered on to the above premises, where he intends carrying on the Flour and Meal business in all its branches, and flatters himself, but by his unremitting attention, he shall be able to supply with the best qualities, and on the most reasonable terms.
Choir is miners themselves all kind of grain, bacon, butter, cheese &c. on commission. Orders will be punctually attended to, and ever gratefully acknowledge – 13th December 1805.

1825 November 5th THE YORK HERALD
THE REDCAR LIFEBOAT, in the year 1822, was found in so dilapidated a state, that it was thought necessary for her to undergo a thorough repair; and under the inspection of Mr Charles Tenant, she was completely repaired and made seaworthy, and was afterwards resigned into the hands of Mr Thomas King, of Kirkleatham, as acting manager, under a Committee of the principal gentleman of Cleveland, who now think it his duty to lay before the committee and subscribers at large, a true statement of the Receipts and Disbursements since he has had the management of the above boat.
Amongst the following list is:- Mr Robert Coulson, Coatham Mill.

DEATHS:- On Thursday the 9th ult, aged 14, William, the youngest son of Robert Coulson, of Coatham Mill.

1865 January 16th THE LEEDS MERCURY
TO MILLERS.- Wanted immediately and experienced MILLER as Foreman. The particulars apply to Mr Robert Coulson, Coatham Windmill, Redcar, Yorkshire.

1868 December 5th THE YORK HERALD

TO BE LET, With Immediate Possession, all that CORN WIND MILL, with DWELLING – HOUSE, GRANARY, STABLE, CART HOUSE, and other outbuildings situated within a few yards of Redcar Railway Station, in the County of York, where an extensive business has been carried on the for upwards of 40 years by the late MR ROBERT COULSON.
For particulars, apply to Mr Coulson, Coatham Mill, Redcar.

1869 September 4th THE YORK HERALD
DISTRICT NEWS – POLICE-COURT…….. -Henry Holmes, occupier of the mill at Coatham, was summoned by Robert Coulson, his landlord, for an assault on Saturday night. It appears that there had been some difference of opinion between the parties as to the state of defendants premises, and a person named Tomlinson was called in to inspect the drains. Mr Holmes afterwards invited Tomlinson to inspect his house, and ordered the complainant to keep out of the door. Mr Coulson persisted in following them upstairs, and in the attempts of defendants to prevent him, the assault was committed. The Bench dismissed the case. A “scrimmage” ensued between the parties for possession of a paper in the hands of Mr Lloyd who appeared for the complainant, and resulted in the lease being torn in two. Defendant afterwards apologised for his conduct, and was remitted, with his son, to the custody of the police until the business of the court was ended

1873 January 24th Accreditation “The Redcar & Saltburn News”.
– Accident at COATHAM MILL On Monday morning last a little boy, 2 ½ years of age, son of Mr. Dowson, miller, went up into the mill to call his father to dinner, As he did not return as was expected an elder brother went to look for him, and found him frightfully injured. It would appear that the child had been playing with a stick, and lost it in the “hopper,” and in trying to get it he was pulled into the machinery and was found with his thigh and knee joint broken. Dr. Bennett was in prompt attendance, and found the child in great suffering from the shock as well as from the injuries he had sustained, On Wednesday the child was sufficiently recovered to enable him to be removed, when he was sent to the Cottage Hospital, North Ormesby

1876 December 18th NORTHERN ECHO
– Apply to Mrs Dowson, Coatham mill, Redcar.

S29 (from Peter Verrill’s “Old Recar” Presentation ) REDCAR WINDMILL
Described as newly erected when advertised to be sold in 1838
This 6 sailed windmill consisted of 7 floors with associated granary & drying kiln, a large house & stables, a walled garden & 3 acres of rich grassland.
For a time in the 1830’s the mill was owned by Stephen Coulson, whose brother Robert owned Coatham mill.
a small portion of sandstone wall adjacent to 194 High street is all that remains of Redcar mill granary


1834 February 9th THE EXAMINER
TO MESSRS. MORRIS AND MOAT. Gentleman -on serving in 2 late numbers of the ” New Weekly Dispatch” 2 or 3 scurrilous letters directed against the British College Of Health, and the Universal Medicines, I feel it a duty incumbent on me to declare to the world that those medicines (which Dr Badcock, Medicus, and I.F.C. has been pleased to announce as dangerous, and not possessing the qualities ascribed to them by the proprietors) have totally dispersed a large hard tumour under my left jaw, of 30 years standing, after having had the advice of many (thought to be) eminent M.D.’s of the old school, to no good purpose …………………………………………….(another 50 lines!) …………………..
wishing you prosperity, and the enjoyment of a long life, for your philanthropic endeavours to reform the medical art,
I am, Gentlemen, your very sincerely, STEPHEN COULSON, Redcar Mill, Yorkshire, December 22, 1833

1838 June 16th YORK HERALD
TO be SOLD by AUCTION, on TUESDAY the 19th day of June 1838, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, at the house of Mr MARSH, the Cock Inn, in Guisbrough, (Mr WILLIAM SANDERS, Auctioneer,)
all that newly erected and excellent WIND CORN MILL, containing 7 floors, 3 pairs of French stones, one cylinder, Bolting Mill, and although the requisite machinery of the most modern construction, together with the newly built capacious Granary, and Drying Kiln attached and communicating therewith. The Granary is capable of containing 100 Lasts of Wheat.
Also, all that recently built MESSUAGE or DWELLING HOUSE, adjoining to the mill and premises, containing, on the ground floor, a Dining Room and 3 Lodging Rooms; in the Attics, 2 Servants’ Lodgings Rooms, lighted by tilted windows; attached to the premises are a Coach House and Stables, and an excellent Walled Garden.
And also, all that CLOSE, or PARCEL of rich GRASSLAND, lying immediately behind and to the south of the above premises, containing 3 acres, or thereabouts.
The Mill being situate in the most productive agricultural part of Cleveland, is well adapted for carrying on an extensive business, and goods may be conveniently shipped on the coast, at a slight expense.
The whole of the property is Freehold, and is situate in the Parish of Kirkleatham, in the County of York. There is a most extensive and and uninterrupted sea view from the Dwelling House, which, on its contiguity to the fashionable Bathing Place of Redcar, commands respectable Lodgers during the Season. A Right of Common on Coatham Green belongs to the Property.
MR COULSON, the Owner and Occupier, will show the premises; and further particulars may be known on application to Mr HARTAS, of Danby; Mr DIXON, of Guisbrough; or at the office of PALMER, WHETHERILL, and JACKSON, Guisbrough and Stokesley.
N.B. £1000 may remain as security of the Premises, if required.

1870 April 22nd NORTHERN ECHO
The mill is 6 stories high, averaging 8 feet each, strikes the cloth, turns to the wind by a fan, and contains 2 pairs of excellent French millstones, one machine for dressing flour, and a new Corn Screen. Attached to the mill is a dwelling-house, containing 5 rooms, with every other convenience, and out offices. Maybe entered partner at Mayday next. — For further particulars apply to Mr HENRY HARRISON, the owner, Redcar; or to Mr JOHN COULSON, Cleveland Hotel, Coatham. Redcar, April 20, 1870.

Ironmaking History in Manhole Covers and Grates

The continuing lockdown has allowed me to walk the streets of Redcar in more detail than ever before. Whilst there are many modern replacements, the story of our areas ironmaking past is still all around us.

Redcar Manhole
Borough of Redcar, Anderston Foundary, Middlesbrough
Redcar Grate
Borough of Redcar, Anderston Foundry, Middlesbrough, 1934

I have previously described the two Anderston Foundry example immediately outside my house. Manufactured in Port Clarence at the far end of the Transporter.

W. Richards & Sons Middlesbrough

W. Richard and Sons were based at the Britannia Foundry, North Ormesby Road.

Pease and Partners, MIddlesbrough
Pease and Partners

This Pease and Partners cover is likely to have originated somewhere in the Tees Iron Works site at Cargo Fleet.

Zetland Foundry, Loftus
Zetland Foundry, Loftus

The Zetland Foundry at Loftus despite its small size is still in existence today !

This final one is still confusing me, it appears to say Robinson and Bradley, Middlesbrough. But I can’t find any references to that company and its got the same logo as the one I assumed at the beginning to be Anderston Foundry !

Back to the drawing board perhaps ?

Robinson and Bradley, Middlesbrough