Whinstone

Clock Tower 1

The Redcar Memorial Clock tower was designed by John Dobson and erected in 1913 in memory of King Edward VII. It is built of red engineering brick and concrete. The plinth is made of Whinstone, making it one of the few buildings in the area that utilises this local stone.

Clock Tower

Grey Towers in Nunthorpe, built for William Hopkins, and the former home of Arthur Dorman, is also faced with Whinstone.

The Iron Coast

Redcar in the fog sml

The Iron Coast feels different from anywhere else. There is a hard, quiet unhappiness about it, and the plain and seaboard tend to be avoided rather than explored. The young do their best to get away. Even a century ago Dickens, who was usually ready for anything and a good east-coast man, was too impatient here. he got out of the train at Redcar station with his carpet bag, looked quickly north and south, walked back to the platform and caught the next train on to Scarborough. Yet this small rag of the country has bred international heroes, saints, scientists and geniuses. It has twice raised armies that came within a thread of changing a dynasty and once ordered a clipping and reshaping of the powers of the monarchy that has survived nearly 800 years.

The Iron Coast.  Jane Gardam 1994

Think on..

 

The current government had an opportunity to save the blast furnace

Blast 1

they chose not to take it.

The blast

Unemployment across the Tees Valley is double the national average at 3.9%. The number of jobless youth is higher, at 5.2%, compared with the national average of 2.3%. And Middlesbrough has more deprived areas than any other local authority in the country, with almost half of its 42 neighbourhoods among the poorest 10% nationally. Source

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The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

A Story of adventure, discovery and political intrigue

Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar

28th May – January 2017

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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.

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