Death of Steel 1875-2010 Ray Lonsdale

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High and dry in twenty ten. The options roll out but none appeal. he needs his son to feel alive

Seven Pounds of Hope and Five Ounces of Fear by Ray Lonsdale

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They may be men of steel but they are men with loves, responsibilities and nowhere to go. They are men who make things…things that have built countries.

Wipe Clean with a Soft Cloth by Ray Lonsdale

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No more smoke, dirt, noise or ugly views and peaceful in the job centre queues.

An Arm Full of Sharp Things by Ray Lonsdale

Cargo Fleet

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Iron and steel making ended at Cargo Fleet in 1973 when the British Steel Corporation moved steel production to Lackenby resulting in two thousand workers losing their jobs. Parts of the works remained open until the gates were finally closed in the 1980’s.

The Black Path


The (Middlesbrough) Corporationreceived the Royal Assent on the 7th July 1856 to an Improvement Act which gave power to divide the town into wards, to light the district, enlarge the market and to let off the market tolls, to appoint an Inspector of Weights and Measures, to establish a public wharf and ferry, to adopt bye-laws for the layout of streets, and to divert a sailors’ trod between Middlesbrough and Cargo Fleet, and gave power to purchase the gas works.
It was in 1855 that the Middlesbrough Owners tried to stop the path to Cargo Fleet, and on 10th April 1855 the Corporation demanded the removal of the obstructions. In February 1856 the Owners agreed to pay all costs for its diversion. It was not until 9th April 1861 that the riverside sailors’ trod, which ran through a brickyard on the Pennyman Marshes, was diverted along a route parallel with the railway. This path became known as the Black Path.

The History Of Middlesbrough.
William Lillie.


O Lucky Man!

A number of early scenes in Lindsay Anderson’s 1973 film were filmed in and around Middlesbrough, particularly the South Bank area.
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Malcolm McDowell’s character travelling salesman, Mick Travis, drives towards South Bank with the Clay Lane blast furnaces in the distance.
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Here Mick drives into Cochranes works at Cargo Fleet
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Mick driving along the A19. Prior to the widening of the road, the Cameron’s Brewery ‘You are now entering Strongarm Country’ sign was a very recognisable landmark on the section of the road between Middlesbrough and Billingham