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

Repainting the Newport Bridge

The Grade II-listed Newport Bridge, is currently being repainted red and silver to mark its eightieth anniversary.

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The Bridge was built by Dorman Long who tendered a cost of £436.913 11s. 3d. It was designed by Dr. David Anderson and was the first vertical lift bridge to be built in this country and the heaviest of its type in the world. The bridge was opened on the 28th february 1934 by the Duke of York.

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During the construction of the bridge, 61 houses were demolished, the families were rehoused on the nearby Whinney Banks estate.

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Middlesbrough Sailor’s Trods

In the early days of modern Middlesbrough the ports of Cargo Fleet and Newport were linked by footpaths known as Sailor’s Trods, the routes of which were captured on early maps of the town.

One path ran from Newport towards Middlesbrough following a bridle road that was later to become Newport Road, it then ran parallel to Corporation Road, crossed the junction with Marton Road and followed Cargo Fleet Road to the river.  The  second path from Newport ran towards Linthorpe along a footpath that roughly follows the route of what would become Parliament Road, it then crossed Linthorpe Road and was thought to have run along the northern edge of Albert Park, however an 1875 map names the roads that later became Albert Terrace and Park Lane as the Sailor’s Trod. The path then went across Longlands to a farm house called Whitehouse Farm, which stood at what is now the junction of Longlands Road and Kings Road. The path then followed Kings Road to Smeaton Street and along Marsh Road to the river.

1853 OS Trod Routes

The two maps below are dated 1845 & 1846 show the Long Sailor’s Trod running along the route of what would become Corporation Road. The road labelled Stockton Bridge Road was never completed. Cleveland Bridge Road is now Marton Road.

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Sailors trod OS 1853 enlarged-2

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