Teesside and Old Cleveland / once more

Teesside and Old Cleveland / once more

:   Robin Cook
:   Cleveland
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5215-0
:   144
:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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This additional volume in the very popular European Library series comes in response to requests for further examples of the early postcard history of the Teesside and Old Cleveland area. My four previous books in this series - now all sold out - have already contained 560 high quality exampIes of early postcards, together with a small number of photographs, the great majority of all of these dating from before the 1914-1918 Great War. The Edwardian period - 1902-1911 - was the Golden Age of the topographical postcard, and with the passage of time postcards of that period now hold a special fascination and value for us.

The really interesting postcards continue 10 get more difficult to find, but the enthusiastic collectors still manage to come across them from time to time, of ten at special postcard fairs up and down the country. They are sadly becoming rarer and more expensive. With the cooperation of some of the main local collectors I have been able to put together another volume which I believe to be up to the standard of the previous volumes, which related to Middlesbrough, Stockton on Tees, Town and Villages of Ancient Cleveland, and Teesside and Old Cleveland.

I have again arranged the material in a geographical

sequence, the pattern of which is self-evident. I have concentrated on scenes which clearly look different from their modern counterparts, whether buildings, street scenes, industry, railways, the coast or events. Village bands are another popular subject, and some of these are included. The captions have again been carefully thought out, but I expect to learn a lot as usual from readers once they have recognised some event or place and have contracted me with further information.

Once again I would like to thank those collectors who have particularly helped me with this selection - John Armstrong, Peter and Barbara Fletcher, Jeanne Dobson, Mike and Angie from 'Bygones' in Darlington, Tom Quinn, and Phoebe Simpson. Special thanks to Phil Philo of the Kirkleatham Old Hall Museum, which belongs to the Langbaurgh on Tees Museum Service, for my being able to use Nos 24,29,30, 77, 86 and 105. Other friends have also lent me individual cards for inclusion in this colleetion, for which my grateful thanks.

Finally, I record my appreciation for photographic help again from Peter Dobing of Darlington, and to Anne Robinson for recording the complete text on the word processor.

1. This model of the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge was made by boys from the Hugh Bell School, which used to stand on the site of the present Teesside Law Courts. The bridge opened in October 1911, but the postcard was sent as a Christmas card in December 1916 by one of the boys to his grandmother in Middleton One Row.

2. A different pace of life from today, in South Street in the old part of MiddIesbrough, with the Market Hall and Parish Church in the background. Dating from about 1920, the postcard weIl illustrates how Iittle of the old town centre remains standing today.

3. Taken at the Ox Roasting ceremony to commemorate the Coronation of King George V, on 22 June 1911. A special kitchen was built in the Old Market Place, and the ox provided by tradesmen from th at area of the town. An ox sandwich cost 2d, but for a shilling you could get a meat portion on a special commemorative plate. These plates now seIl as antiques. The ox roasting spit can just be seen under the canopy, with the Parish Church of St. Hilda and a roundabout to the left.

4. The Roman Catholic Cathedral stands in Sussex Street in the old town. Dedicated to St. Mary, it opened on 21 August 1878, and cost f13,OOO to build. It replaced a sm all church dating from 1854, and could hold a congregation of up to 1,000. It was particularly wellappointed, and included many paintings. A new cathedral at Coulby Newham took over its main function in the 1980s.

5. A view of the busy Middlesbrough Docks, with a line of electric eranes relating to the North Eastern Railway operations. The rail waggons carry a variety of items including girders, and the postcard dates from about 1910.

6. An interesting aerial view showing the Transporter Bridge, with Middlesbrough to the left, and Port Clarence to the right, about 1920.

7. A superb postcard view of the old Ironmasters area, with Dorman Long's West Marsh Iron Works in the right foreground. Behind on a bend of the River Tees lie the Britannia, Ayresome, Acklam and Linthorpe Iron Works. One of the famous slag heaps can be seen in the distance. Dating from the 1920's.

8. A rare and impressive scene in Albert Road in July 1904, when a week of events was held in aid of the Lifeboat Fund. The new Town Hall - or Municipal Buildings - on the left also housed the Fire Brigade and Police Station at that time, as indicated on the street lamp in the foreground. Victoria Park lies in the background. The lifeboat is drawn by six horses, and collectors on it hold out long fishing nets on poles, to receive donations from the crowd. The card was sent to Pretoria, South Africa, in 1905.

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