In his 1991 report, Bronze Age Activity on the Eston Hills, Cleveland, (YAJ no.63) Blaise Vyner lists 39 burial mounds and probable burial mounds and 13 cairns on the Eston Hills.
In their book, Prehistoric Rock Art in the North York Moors (Tempus 2005), Paul Brown and Graeme Chappell list over 29 examples of Prehistoric Rock Art from the Eston Hills.
Steel House & Trunk Road
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On a visit to the Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough I noticed this plaque hanging on the wall and didn’t pay it much attention until I noticed the name of the architect, J.G.L Poulson. I’ve recently read Frank Medhurst’s excellent book, A Quiet Catastrophe, which documents the re-development of Teesside during the 1960’s and details the greed, corruption and criminality of elected officials who should have been protecting our way of life but chose instead to line their pockets with Poulson’s bribes.
According to Fitzwalter and Taylor, Brown was the first of the Teesside councillors on Poulson’s payroll. The final figure was alleged to be at least thirty two (Fitzwalter and Taylor) locally elected members who undertook work for Poulson in various ways to provide jobs for his Middlesbrough office. The recruitment was of aldermen and councillors in the towns of Stockton, Redcar, Middlesbrough and Eston’whose payments were recorded in his books as “development spending” ‘ (Fitzwalter and Taylor).
Poulson’s method of working was, as in Eston on the south of the Tees, to get himself onto the architects’ short list by means of his ‘purchased’ influence and then to win the contract by promising ‘sketch plans in a fortnight, a completed scheme in two months and the job finished within the year’. This way he obtained in Eston the work on a new swimming pool followed by almost all the council building in the town – a town hall, a municipal hall, a sports hall, a labour club, 600 houses and four six-story blocks of flats’.
A Quiet Catastrophe, The Teesside Job
Citizen Papers 2010
Amidst the burnt-out cars and fly-tippings,
the hand of the ancestors.
Excavations at Eston Nab 1927-29; plan prepared for Frank Elgee by R Kitching
Frank Elgee’s plan of Eston Nab Camp