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
others.


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.

John Booth died September 5th 1853

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On a remote part of Wheeldale Moor is the following plaque :-

In memory of John Booth who died on this spot September 5th 1853. Aged 84. He was gamekeeper to Richard Hill Esq. of Thornton for 56 years.

John Booth 1853

Even with such a precise death date I can find no census records for him.

John Booth 1853

Richard Hill of Thornton Hall died himself just 2 years later.

Leake Church, Mass Dials

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Leake church now stands alone by the A19, it once served the now deserted Medieval village of Leake; it now serves the two villages of Borrowby and Knayton.

Mass dials are a type of medieval sundial found on churches, they were used to show the time of services held during the day before the advent of clocks and watches.

Leake Church, Mass dials

They are also known as Scratch dials because many are scratched into the stone. The hole in the centre held a rod that cast a shadow, known as a gnomon.

Leake Church, Mass dial

Turton Cottages Blacksmith – Roxby

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The wonderful doorway arch shaped like horseshoe can only be a Blacksmiths, built in 1858 as the inscription tells us and still used for that purpose into the 1960’s

Turton Cottages - Roxby

John Turton was a physician to ‘mad’ George III, he bought the manor of Roxby but died in without children, the estate passed to the youngest son of Rev William Peters (chaplain to the Prince Regent) who assumed the Turton name and coat of arms.

Warren Moor 2021

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When I first posted photos of Warren Moor back in 2008 it was a very risky place to visit, with two unprotected mine shafts. As part of the Heritage Lottery funded Land of Iron project, the area has been made much more friendly to visitors.

Warren Moor
View of the upcast shaft from the new cover
Warren Moor
Different water level in the other unconnected downcast shaft.
Warren Moor
Pumping House now gated off for safety.

Wilton Glacial Erratic Boulder

This rock lies within the Wilton International Site, so cannot be viewed by the public.

The plaque says everything you need to know :-

This 3.8 ton piece of calcareous limestone (containing shells) was transported by glaciers and deposited on the Wilton site between 70,000 and 13,000 years ago.

Mick Garrett took this shot 14 years ago.

2007 – Mick Garratt / Erratic Boulder, Wilton / CC BY-SA 2.0

Although the rock hasn’t changed, the surroundings have.

2021 – John Dale

A small fragment of Gisborough Priory

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On the corner of Walkers Row and Union Street, nestled next to a tumble drier vent is a fragment of Gisborough Priory. It actually looks like the base of a small column, perhaps from a window ?

Guisborough Priory Chunk

Many chunks of the priory were reused across the town after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540, although how this one ended up in a relatively modern building is a mystery.

Thomas Chaloner 1856 Perambulation

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A Perambulation is the periodic marking of estate boundaries by the Lord of the Manor, also known as “Beating the bounds”, these events are known to have occurred around Guisborough in 1716, 1738, 1772, 1798 and 1816. It was a major local event with over 200 people on foot and horses taking part in 1716.

Robert Chaloner (RC) passed away in 1842, so the Perambulation of 27th June 1856 was the first by the new Lord of the Manor, Thomas Chalenor (TC) who seems to have taken the occasion to add his initials and the date to many local stones.

This carving is just a short distance north of Percy Rigg

Percy Rigg Stones
RC TC 1856

It appears to be virtually identical to the lost boundary stone at Percy Rigg which was apparently destroyed in the 2nd World War.

Lost Percy Rigg Stone

The other side of the stone is much harder to decipher but the listed building record suggest H.R. and G.A. below the more obvious T

Percy Rigg Stones