With Carl Mole
The storms have blown through, apart from a large Barn Owl patrolling the field margins, the industrial estate is deserted
Kirkleatham 16 C 2
Westlidum – lid(e), Weslide, Westlidum, Westude 1068 DB
Livum 1221 Guis
Lisum 1268 Ebor
Kyrkelidun 1181 P Kirkledom 1491 Sanct
The Place-Names of the North Riding of Yorkshire by A.H. Smith 1928
Teesside’s steel industry was born in the 1850’s and died in October 2015. Steelworker Mike Guess took it upon himself to record the final few years of iron and steel making on Teesside. ..the mothball, restart and eventual closing of iron and steelmaking on Teesside was something that I was not going to fail to record. It was almost an obligation to future generations..
As well as Mike’s beautiful book there is currently a new exhibition, Steel Stories at the Kirkleatham Museum.
A Story of adventure, discovery and political intrigue
Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar
28th May – January 2017
Meet Gertrude Bell – a North East born archaeologist, diplomat, linguist, writer & mountaineer who in 1921 advised Winston Churchill on the country that became Iraq, and helped shape the Middle East after World War 1. Gertrude Bell spent a large part of her childhood in Redcar residing at the family home – Red Barns in Kirkleatham Street, Redcar.
The exhibition features loans from the British Museum, Imperial War Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Geographical Society.
Thomas Brown, the hero of the Battle of Dettingen , which was fought in Bavaria during the Wars of Austrian Succession, was born at Kirkleatham. In June 1743, the King’s Own Dragoons, in which Brown was a trumpeter, formed part of the force led by King George II, the last English monarch to be actively involved in a battle. The French had captured the regimental standard and Brown retrieved it unaided, sustaining serious injuries in the process. He was rewarded with an annual pension and subsequently retired to Yarm, where he died in 1746.
Yosser Hughes at Manor Farm, Kirkleatham