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Captain Cook’s Monument

Cpt Cook Mon-a-1

Captain Cook’s Monument was erected in 1827 by Robert Campion (a Whitby banker), it is an obelisk 60 ft (18 m) high in memory of the great British explorer and bears a plaque inscribed: ”In memory of the celebrated circumnavigator Captain James Cook F.R.S. A man of nautical knowledge inferior to none, in zeal prudence and energy, superior to most. Regardless of danger he opened an intercourse with the Friendly Isles and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere. He was born at Marton October 27th 1728 and massacred at Owythee February 14th 1779 to the inexpressible grief of his countrymen. While the art of navigation shall be cultivated among men, whilst the spirit of enterprise, commerce and philanthropy shall animate the sons of Britain, while it shall be deemed the honour of a Christian Nation to spread civilisation and the blessings of the Christian faith among pagan and savage tribes, so long will the name of Captain Cook stand out amongst the most celebrated and most admired benefactors of the human race.” A great monument to a great man.

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Lower Entrance to Cliff Lift in 1929


Dating from 1929, this postcard image of the beach promenade at Saltburn, gives a wonderful view of people ‘taking the air’ in all their finery. The lift buildings have maintained their character through the years. Originally posted as a black and white image, another source has provided a much better image of the lower promenade; interesting the postcard was produced by the same company. Perhaps a more expensive or ‘up-market’ offering?
Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka and John G. Hannah.

Milton Street Church in Saltburn


This fine building on Milton Street featured in ”The Building News” of 1903, prior to completion in 1905. It stands adjacent to the former Methodist Church (which now forms the church hall); this was erected in 1865. Saltburn was fortunate in having two Methodist churches, the other on the junction of Albion Terrace and Windsor Road. This is now Saltburn Community Hall and home to Saltburn theatre and many community events.Callum Duff tells us: “Although Saltburn had two Methodist churches, they were originally two different denominations. The Wesleyan continue at their church in Milton Street having merged with the Primitive Methodists in 1969. The Primitive Methodists operated the first chapel in Saltburn at what was the former Ruby Street Social Club (now demolished). With a growing congregation, they moved to larger premises at the top of Ruby Street (later becoming the Cosy Cinema then Bingo Hall) before moving to their church on the east corner of Albion Terrace and Windsor Road in 1910.”

Sheila Cherry tells us: “My parents owned Milton Cafe and bakery, in Milton Street and the next door fish and chip shop until approx 1959 / 1960. I am searching for any photographs and history of the shop. My father’s name was Norman G. Hare and his Company name was Colby Catering Company. I know he was active in the Chamber of Trade in the town. He also ran nearby canteens in the industrial areas in Skelton, Middlesbrough and Darlington. Can anyone offer any help or advice please?”

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and many thanks to Sheila and Callum for the updates.

Skinningrove Mine at Deepdale


This image of the mine predates the installation of the aerial ropeway to the ironworks. The picking belt and trestle bridge to the North Loftus shaft are clearly seen.
Image courtesy of The Pem Holliday Collection.

Brotton High Street

Brotton High Street

Ambling up Brotton High Street the brewery dray, advertises Russell and Wranghams Malton Ales. The Russell family’s Derwent brewery went into partnership with William Wrangham in 1897. Taken over by Camerons who later sold the site for a supermarket in 1984. The sign over the house doorway on the left is a mystery can any one shed light on it. Norman Patton tells us: ”Historically, the upstairs of No 26 was a ‘Cobblers’.”
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and many thanks to Norman for the update.

Eston Station


Eston railway station, circa 1910, the station opened to passengers on 1st January 1902. Later a canopy was extended over the platform to shelter the passengers; the roof of one platform signal box is just visible, the one at the other end of the platform was later removed. This was a short lived station, closing 11th March, 1929; a casualty of motor bus competition.
Image courtesy of The Pem Holliday Collection, additional information courtesy of “Disused Railway Stations”.