British Steel – South Teesside 1974

Mark Lawton very kindly sent me a scan of a book that he’d recently found. It’s a lovely snapshot from 1974 of the South Teesside Works when it employed 16,000 people.

You can download the whole book using the link at the bottom of the page

The smell of t-shirts

I’m selling some lovely t-shirts. They were designed by Carl Mole and Oli Heffernan and feature the ‘Dorman Long Tower’ at South Bank, a landmark on the Teesside skyline. The tower was built during the 1950’s to store and supply coal to the South Bank coke ovens.

Designed by Carl Mole

Designed by Oli Heffernan

T-shirts available in 2 colours Grey/White

Sizes S, M, L & XL

Price £15 plus P&P

100% of profits will be donated to the Trussell Trust

email smellofblackpath@gmail.com stating design, colour & size

The Artists

Carl Mole Oli Heffernan

Black Path by Graham Vasey

Graham made the film during a recent walk that we took along the path. He filmed it using a 1930’s Ensign Auto Kinecam and expired Ilford FP4 Plus film which he processed himself.

The original soundtrack was created by Greg Marshall, the film was scanned by James Holcombe.

https://grahamvasey.wordpress.com/

https://vimeo.com/user10840987

23 – The Black Path

Read a history of The Black Path here https://teessidepsychogeography.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/the-black-path-8/

Clay Lane Blast Furnaces

During the 1970s, the train ride home from a day out in Redcar passed between the three blast furnaces and the coke ovens at South Bank. It was a hellish vision, fire, smoke and steam, sparks flying everywhere, the smell of sulphur and benzene with the occasional glimpse of men emerging from the murk.  I loved it.

I took these photographs in the late 1980’s during the demolition of the blast furnaces.