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The Eighth Plinth Campaign


Ravenscar – Chris Whitehead


Ravenscar stands 600ft above the restless North Sea. To many it is simply a stopping off point between Whitby and Scarborough, commanding expansive views of the beautiful North Yorkshire coastline. Yet this place is also a canvas on which the overlapping layers of history have left their fingerprints.
The recordings that form this work were collected over two years during various seasons and in a range of weather conditions. Natural materials collected from the site were manipulated in several ways to add a sense of intimacy and perspective.
Although the piece is intended to be listened to as an unbroken whole, five distinct phases are passed through.. Read More and buy here

Preston upon Tees

A suicidal mallard had left me stranded and wandering for half a day around Preston upon Tees.

A dead-end lane runs from the main road across farm land on the outskirts of Preston. At the end of the lane is a double row of houses called The Moorhouse Estate.The estate was built in 1936 as part of the Land Settlement Act, which redeployed men from industry on to the land to work in small holdings.

A bridge carries the railway line over Moorhouse Estate lane. The original Stockton to Darlington railway ran on the other side of the main road through what is now Preston Park. The route of the line can be still seen as a low embankment in the woods running parallel to the main road. The line was moved to its present position in 1852.

Not knowing the area I decided to follow the network of footpaths that run from the main road towards the river.

The Preston Pipe Bridge was built at a cost of £42,000 by Dow-Mac Engineering Construction Ltd in 1959

The Jubilee Bridge, opened in 2002 links Stockton with Ingleby Barwick. During the 1990’s Ingleby Barwick was reputed to be the largest private housing estate in Europe.

Hob Hill Woods

Across from Hob Hill Wood, on the opposite side of the Skelton Beck valley, are Mount Shandy and Sterne’s Seat. They commemorate the frequent visits of Lawrence Sterne to Skelton Castle, home of his friend  John Hall-Stevenson and his company of demoniacs.

The viaduct was built to carry the railway to the ironstone mines of East Cleveland, it opened in 1872. Currently, the only traffic on the bridge are the trains to and from Boulby potash mine.

Heritage becomes history, a series of steel plaques mark a forgotten heritage trail created in the 1980’s.


In 1855 there was a typhoid outbreak at Marske Mill caused by sewage leaking into the Skelton Beck.