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Cat Nab 2

Cat Nab 2

Same land mark different angle, the pier can be clearly seen in this photo.

Cat Nab 3

Cat Nab 3

Another angle of Cat Nab,  looks quite different a long the front, what are the buildings?  There is only one that stands there now the old mortuary.  Look at that beautiful long pier. Callum Duff tells us: ”The three buildings to the right of Cat Nab are (L-R); The Mortuary, The Rocket Brigade and Saltburn Lifeboat Station. The Lifeboat station was demolished not long after 1924 when Saltburn’s last lifeboat ‘The Mary Batger’ was sold. It was also removed to facilitate the widening of the road. The Rocket Brigade was a land to sea rescue unit which I assume was replaced over time by more modern rescue techniques. This building also appears to have been lost due to road widening leaving the Mortuary which stands to this day. The Mortuary was recently sold and at the time of writing, it’s future use is unknown.”

Many thanks to Callum for that update.

Saltburn Mill House and Cat Nab

Saltburn Mill House and Cat Nab

Saltburn Mill House in the foreground still stands, much modernised, to this day, as Callum Duff advises: ”Saltburn Mill was actually situated a few yards up Saltburn Gill to the south of this view. Its millrace ran the length of the valley either following the current footpath or running alongside it. It was demolished around 1920.”. The small buildings behind it are now gone – replaced by the sewage treatment plant. Cat Nab (so named because it looks like a crouching cat) shows the paths from the bootmarks of the boots of adventurous Victorians, eager to try the air – the scars are much deeper these days and beyond recovery.

Many thanks to Callum for that update.

Saltburn Miners Bridge

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Dated 1890 this image shows the Miner’s Bridge which spanned the stream and narrow valley of  Saltburn Gill, the bridge was used by those miners who lived in Saltburn and worked at the Huntcliffe Mine (today the only remaining part of the mine is the Guibal Fan house close to the railway line). The miners crossed the Saltburn valley (and Skelton Beck) via the Halfpenny Bridge and then crossed Millholme Beck via this footbridge.  The footbridge was demolished in 1906 after the mines closed. The mill at old Saltburn had become inefficient in 1902 after the more powerful steam-driven mills came into use at Yarm; the mill was demolished in 1905.

Julie Riddiough tells us: ”the late Mrs Chester from Brotton told me about it, I remember asking her why it was the called the miners footbridge, as I’d assumed it led to the mill. I’ll have to dig out my notes but, off the top of my head, I think she said it was a footbridge used by miners to get to work at the Huntcliff Mine (I think that’s the one where the fan house is) I seem to remember her telling me that it was not very stable and farmers even used to lead animals over it, I’m sure, she told me it was made of wood and took quite a battering from use and being so close to the sea it got into bad repair and it was demolished as it was dangerous.”

Image courtesy of Iris Place; information courtesy of ”Saltburn-by-the-sea” compiled by Joan Wiggins; thanks to Julie Riddiough for the update, as well as Chris Twigg and Ian Scott  for their comments.

Saltburn – Postcard Views

Saltburn – Postcard Views

First of a series of postcard views of Saltburn, showing a view of Old Saltburn cottages, beside the Ship Inn and a view down the lower section of Hazelgrove from the bandstand now no longer in existence. Callum Duff tells us: ”The pillars that used to support the roof of the Hazelgrove bandstand were salvaged and now hold hanging baskets along one side of the Italian Gardens.”

Many thanks to Callum for the update.

Old Saltburn

Old Saltburn

The boats are pulled up and the Ship Inn is there and the cottages, but no made up roads. Please tell me what date you think this photo would be.

Old Saltburn

Old Saltburn

A tinted postcard of the cottages at Old Saltburn that was posted in 1905.

(Image courtesy of Tina Dowey).

Saltburn from the Cleveland Way

Saltburn from the Cleveland Way

A fairly recent image of Saltburn taken from the steep climb up the Cleveland Way behind The Ship Inn.
Ray Brown was asking about the old building next to the Old Mortuary – Callum Duff advises us: ”In actual fact, the building next to the Mortuary was the Rocket Brigade. The Brigade were designed to aid the lifeboat crews and attempt to secure a line from dryland to ships in difficulty. The lifeboat house actually stood next door and was demolished sometime between 1924 (when the Saltburn lifeboat ‘Mary Batger’ was sold) and the start of WW2.”

(image courtesy of Raymond Brown and many thanks to Callum for that update.)

Saltburn from Hunt Cliff

A photograph often taken today, although now the skyline is much busier with the heavy industry at Teesmouth and the huge blast furnace. The image was taken from a booklet of picture postcards, showing the original pier. Callum Duff tells us: ”The picture above shows the pier after it was shortened in 1874 after a motor launch destroyed the landing stage and the pierhead. The original length of the pier was 1500 ft and it was shortened to the pictured length of 1250 ft. This length continued until the pierhead was destroyed by heavy seas in 1974 and the pier shortened to it’s present length. I suggest that this photograph was taken sometime between 1924 & 1939. Andy Gibson also advises: ”The latest date I can’t comment on, but I happen to know that the twin houses at the East end of Marine Parade were built in 1928, so the date range must start then, at the earliest.” Callum further adds: ”Looking at this postcard again, the pier has been repaired after the SS Ovenbeg breach so it must be after 1933 and The Spa Pavilion has yet to gain its concrete apron of windows on the east side of the building which were added in 1935. Therefore this card can be dated between 1933 and 1935.”

Thanks to Andy Gibson and Callum Duff  for all the updates.

Huntcliff

A lovely sepia photo of Huntcliff, now known to be from ”Skelton in Cleveland Website” produced by Bill Danby. The scene is an exploratory dig at the Roman look out station on Huntcliff [the site has now disappeared by erosion]. From Bill’s website we are informed that at the excavation ”25 coins were found there, the earliest showing Emperor Constantius 337 – 361 and the latest dated to 395 – 408. The fort-like station was square with thick stone walls and a 20ft ditch. Excavations revealed a well, 14 feet deep and 6 feet wide, in which were 14 skeletons, leading to suppositions of a successful attack by the Anglo-Saxons. Roman pottery, an iron axe, a bronze vessel and a jet finger ring were also found.” Simon Wedgewood advises: “It is indeed the 1912 excavation. The picture appeared in a book of old photographs Saltburn published by Sotheran’s of Redcar. The finds are stored at the Dorman Museum and can be inspected on application.”

Image and details courtesy of Bill Danby’s Skelton in Cleveland Website, thanks also to Mark T., Eric Johnson and Simon Wedgewood for the updates.