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Staithes Viaduct Again

Staithes Viaduct with a local commuter train, powered by a British Railways “Standard” tank engine. This photograph was probably taken towards the end of the line’s existence, a two carriage train indicating the decline of rail traffic as increased fares and better road links caused migration away from the railways. Simon Chapman advised: “All that remains now are the concrete piers that supported the steelwork. In view is the stone abutment which supported the west end. The east end abutment; also of stone was demolished”.

Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson and Jean Hall, thanks to Simon Chapman for the last piece of information.

Visitors Open Day

Visitors and school parties are shown around Skinningrove works. On the right, Foreman Jim Rowe (in white helmet) explains to the group about the newly turned roll for the 36 inch mill. Alan Rowe tells us: ”Alan Rowe – white lined anorak hood. Joan Rowe – white top – dark shoulder straps.  Behind Alan Rowe.”
Image courtesy Dave McGill and thanks to Alan Rowe for the update.

Sandsend Station

A view of Sandsend railway station viewed from the west, looking towards the hill at the bottom of which is the road and present day protruding pedestrian walkway.

Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson.


B.I.S.A.K.T.A Members card, the predecessor of the I.S.T.C. union; itself now known as the Community Union.

Courtesy of the collection of Eric Johnson.


Originally formed as a malleable iron workers union ( Wrought or puddled iron); it amalgamated with another union, as steel superseded wrought iron.

Courtesy of the collection of Eric Johnson.


A small union formed at Darlington, the central picture shows the old Bessemer process.

Courtesy of the collection of Eric Johnson.


Scottish Steel Smelters union card; note the view of the Forth railway bridge at the top of the card.

Courtesy of the collection of Eric Johnson.


A Blast Furnace man’s union card.

Courtesy of the collection of Eric Johnson.


The front of the previous banner, showing several steelworks scenes.

Courtesy of the collection of Eric Johnson.


A brief history of the banner: after the unfurling ceremony the banner disappeared around 12 years later, and was lost until in 1950. It was discovered at the King’s Head Hotel, Grangetown; furled and lying in its dust covered box, in a sad state of decay. Sent to the Middlesbrough office and then to Union H.Q. in London in 1971. Proving too large for the union museum it returned to its box.
The Banner consists of a sheet of silk on both sides of which are painted various scenes in oils Over the years the panels cracked and the oils attacked the silk. The decision was made to send it to the Textile Conservation Centre at Hampton Court Palace where it was restored over a seven month period in 1989.

John Thomas has advised: “The Cleveland District of the Associated Iron and Steel Workers Banner, the gentleman seated at the rear with a beard was my Great Great Grandfather Edward Thomas (a member of the Northern Conciliation Board). He was born in Holywell Wales and is buried in Eston Cemetery, the grave stone was erected by his fellow workmen in recognition of his valuable services rendered as a representative.”

Courtesy of a collection of Eric Johnson; thanks to John Thomas for the update.