Teesside Steel – The Final Years

Teesside Steel

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.

The Redcar submerged forest

Let the country along the shores be viewed; see what timbers lie buried in the sands, the memorials of fallen forests…The whole shore at low water exhibits the stems of trees washed up by the roots, preserved to this day by the moss earth in which they lie. Hutchinson 1785-94

In 1871, due to shifting sands, the deposits were exposed in three or four locations and remained exposed for a number of weeks. During this time local people collected and the peat, it was reported to smell like a tannery when wet but when dried it was an excellent substitute for coal