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Red Lion Place, Redcar?

Another mystery which we would love some assistance in solving! This photograph came to the Archive with a request for any information; is Red Lion Place in Redcar? There is a Red Lion Street, which links to Lord Street and was opposite a linking street to the High Street, so named by the Red Lion Hotel which was on the other end corner to the High Street; perhaps this shop was close by? Who is the young lady in the shop doorway and does anybody have an idea as to the date? Peter Sotheran suggests: ” Red Lion Place – was this at the southern end of Red Lion Street on land that is now a turning point for vehicles and close the the railway line?” Colin Brown has assisted with: “The Woman at Door is Mrs Tompkins, it was her Sweet Shop.”

Image courtesy of Lynsey Peart, thanks to Peter Sotheran and Colin Brown for the updates.

Dormanstown Caravan

The title of this images gives a hint of the link to another image on the Archive of the ‘First House in Dormanstown’, Geoff Kitching brought this image to the Archive with information regarding possible use for the caravan; the reverse bearing the annotation: “Caravan dwelling at 1st house to be built”; whilst Bill Kitching advised: “Workers would come in to work and possibly hire a caravan as accommodation as there would be limited places to stay and it would probably be cheaper”. As the Kitching family had information about a relative; Arch Aubrey who worked as a plasterer for the company erecting the Dorlonco houses, he was visited by his parents and unidentified children, they are believed to be the people in the picture. Alfred Aubrey and his wife Annie, had four daughters (Grace, Ruth, Gwendoline and Winifred) which the Archive can only suppose they may be those in the photograph. The picture must have been taken early in 1918 as there do not appear to be many other houses visible.

Image and information courtesy of Geoff Kitching, additional information via Ancestry and Find My Past websites.

First House in Dormanstown 1918

This image has the comment on the reverse: “First complete steel and Hy Rib house” at Dormanstown; known as ‘Dorlonco’,the design was named after Dorman Long the steel company at Warrenby to house the workers for the steel works, they were designed by Architects:  Stanley Davenport Adshead, Ramsey and Albert Abercrombie. The builders were Jones and Sons of Westminster and Costain Brothers of Liverpool; Arch Aubrey uncle of Geoff Kitching’s father worked on these houses when they were first being built and evidently took this image. Owing to a shortage of bricks the houses were built with steel frames and clad with concrete, but were modestly elegant affairs in the Georgian style. The first 300 houses were built in two styles: kitchen houses for manual workers and parlour houses for clerical staff; Gas was supplied free to every house. When completed in 1920, Dormanstown housed 342 families. The last of the ‘Dorlonco’ houses were demolished in 1979; the streets of Dormanstown still carry names linked to the builders, Architects and even the steel works manager (Ennis Road; which was the original line for the light railway that was built to carry materials on the 850 acre site).

Image courtesy of Geoff Kitching.

United Bus at Redcar 1920s

Eamann O Ruairc tells us: “The man standing in front of it is my grandfather, Michael (Mick) Magee. He began working as a driver, but since he was a very skilled mechanic (he had served his time as a motor mechanic and had spent World War I as a driver in the Army Service Corps on the Western Front) he was soon put to work as a mechanic in the depot in Dormanstown. During his stay in Redcar; Mike became deeply involved in trade unionism and in socialist politics. At some point he became the chauffeur of a Fabian MP. Whether this was a full-time job or a part-time one I do not know. Mike may have worked for the Transport Workers Union and was also very active in the organisation of the 1926 general strike. In 1930 he emigrated to Detroit where he became a key figure in the trade unions in the Ford factories”. Craig White tells us: “Looks like Redcar Lane Cemetery chapel in background , so this would be Thwaites Lane running up to the Racecourse stands”.

Image and information courtesy of Eamann O Ruairc; Eamann is also seeking further information about United Bus Company in Redcar in the early 1920s. Thanks to Craig White for the update regarding location of this image.

The Giant Racer, Redcar

Sandringham and Buckingham Road in Redcar occupy the site of the once famous Pleasure Park in Redcar; this amusement park which opened in 1924 included rides such as  ‘River Caves’, ‘The Whirlpool’, ‘The Scenic Motors’, ‘The Autocars’, as well as a skating rink, ‘Hilarity Hut’ and ‘Noah’s Ark’. The main ‘event’ was the wooden roller coaster known as the ‘Giant Racer’ which is shown on this postcard by A. E. Graham of Redcar and dates from 1930s. The park closed in 1938 when the 15 year lease lapsed, the Racer was dismantled and moved to at Sheerness; but its life was short-lived owing to the outbreak of war.

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka.

Ship Inn Marske

Ship Inn Marske

A postcard view of The Ship Inn Marske, this popular village amenity is a Grade II listed building and described in the Listed British Buildings as: “A very complete example of an Inter-War, Roadhouse type public house.” The building was dating from 1932, although this was a site on which have stood a succession of similarly named buildings. The mock Tudor timber framing originated from the battleships HMS Collingwood and HMS Southampton; the two battleships being scrapped between 1909 and 1912 by Hughes-Bolckow in the north east of England.

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.




West Terrace, Redcar

West Terrace, Redcar

This postcard view of West Terrace is radically different today; ‘The Royal Standard’ renamed as ‘The Standard’ and the road is for buses only. The clock tower dedicated to Edward VII still stands at the end of the High Street, it is a Grade II listed building and a valued part of Redcar heritage.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

Roller Skating at Redcar

Roller Skating at Redcar

Yes it’s the skating rink at Redcar, pity it isn’t still there, but with ‘elf and safety’ now you would have to wear helmets, knee pads, elbow pads; too tired to skate by the time you had got ready. This postcard view from the late 1950s or early 1960s, shows plenty of use. Fred Brunskill tells us: ”The roller skating rink was on the site of the old outdoor swimming baths in the Coatham Enclosure and were built at a cost of £ 10,000 and opened in 1951 to commemorate the Festival of Britain.” Alan Franks tells us: “I remember it well, I used to go skating in the early to mid 1950s here as a lad. We used to skate as fast as we could round and round trying to impress the girls. It didn’t really work.”

Image courtesy of Iris Place and many thanks to Fred Brunskill, Alan Franks and Alan Collins for the updates.

Sea Wall and Beach, Marske

Sea Wall and Beach, Marske

Dating from the late 1950s or early 1960s this postcard view (by J. Johnson – a Marske photographer) is little changed today. It is a pleasant beach, with boats pulled up to the slipway. No candy floss or ice cream stalls, nor bingo; just a lovely and unspoiled family beach.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

Not the Convalescent Home, Coatham!

Convalescent Home, Coatham

We posted this image believing it to be of the Convalescent Home at Coatham; based on the ‘REDCAR’ heading to this ‘cropped’ postcard. Our other views of the Home are from the sand dunes and the area now occupied by the open space that was the Coatham Bowl. However, following Fred Brunskill’s comments we are now appealing for any suggestions as to where in Redcar (based on the notation on the card) this building was, so please help!

Dave Cusson has come to the rescue: “Surely this has to be Sir William Turner’s Grammar School on Coatham Road. If correct the photograph was taken before the addition of the cloisters; and likely enough before the School Hall was built.
Sad to think the Council decided to destroy the wonderful old building leaving only the Cloisters and the Hall, both of which are now being allowed to fall into disrepair.”

Mick Mavin queried: “Does anyone remember the old fever hospital built on Coatham Marsh, I think you could get to it via a track past Barker’s field?”

Craig White in response tells us: “I remember a house standing in splendid isolation on Coatham Marsh, not sure if it had been a hospital. It was demolished around 1984. The demolition contractors on site where I was working at the time did the job and said they had found lots of old glass bottles in the house.”

Fred Brunskill has added for Mick and Craig: ” I think the large house you remember was the Fever Hospital which was located just over the bridge and then down a track into the Marsh.”

Chez Anderson adds: “I recall the old fever hospital on the marsh, it could be reached by walking through Barkers Holiday Camp and over the railway crossing. In the 1950’s a man lived alone there; he had a vegetable garden with hens and would visit Barkers, to sell eggs and vegetables”.

Image courtesy of Iris Place and many thanks to Craig White, Mick Mavin and to Fred Brunskill for his assistance; to Dave Cusson for coming to the rescue, also to Chez Anderson for the update. In the meantime has anybody an image of the Fever Hospital; the Archive would welcome a copy to further this line of enquiry?