St Agnes Church – Easterside

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St Agnes Church Easterside was built in 1967. The Church was designed by Robert Mortimer of Northallerton. The steel-framed pyramid was supposed to reflect the product of local industry.

The church was built with money donated to the Church of England by Agnes Spencer-Whitfield. Agnes was born in Marton, whilst living in Leeds, she met Thomas Spencer and the couple were married in 1892. Thomas Spencer and his business partner Michael Marks were the founders of Marks and Spencer. Following the death of her husband, Agnes moved back to Middlesbrough and lived in a house on The Grove, Marton. Agnes died in 1957 and was buried in the graveyard of St. Cuthberts church, Marton

The church is currently unused and showing the signs of neglect, the last service held here was in 2019. Over the years, thieves have stripped some of the roofing panels under the mistaken belief that they were made of copper sheet. The panels are actually made of copper covered felt and are of little value.

The church dominates the housing estate that surrounds it. The people who live around the church are confronted with its sad, gradual decay on a daily basis.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt would be wonderful if this building could be restored and given back to the community as a useable space but I suspect the history of this building may end in a mound of rubble.

 

Unease by Ivan the Tolerable

This soundtracked my walk from Redcar to Saltburn today, it’s a bit good.

A message from Oli

Happy Bandcamp no-fees day! I made a new EP and its out today so i can raise the funds to replace my 8-track machine which has all but died after 15 years hard labour. So if you wanna buy it, do it today as all the money goes to the artists for the rest of the day. Its pay what you like so all donations are welcome, and if you are skint and still want it, well thats ok too!

 

Ivan The Tolerable – 16 Pieces for 16 Pools

A message from Ivan the Tolerable (Oli Heffernan).

Bandcamp are waiving their fees today for one day only so I’m putting my new album out early to make some money to pay my rent and bills cos I work in the private sector which basically means I don’t get paid when there is a downturn in work. Great. Anyway, Shoebox Records are releasing the album on 10” and CD if you want a physical copy (there are only 10 left) but if you want it now for any price you like go to this bandcamp link and get it there. If you can pay something that would be mega but if you are in the same boat as me, feel free to have it for nothing. It’s a big old slab of watery endtimes music. Hope you like it. Thanks and stay safe everyone!