Middlesbrough’s Listed Heritage

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Avenue Methodist Church, Acklam                   Church of St Barnabas, Linthorpe

Fishpond 550m east of Acklam Hall Scheduling Middlesbrough
Acklam Hall Listing Hall Drive, Acklam, Middlesbrough I
Coulby Manor Listing Coulby Manor, Coulby Manor Way, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Walls enclosing carpark, C30M SOUTH-WEST OF COULBY MANOR Listing C30M SOUTH-WEST OF COULBY MANOR, COULBY MANOR WAY, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Hemlington Hall Farmhouse  Farm Cottage and Garden Wall Listing NUNEATON DRIVE, HEMLINGTON, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Stable & Cart Shed, EAST OF HEMLINGTON HALL FARMHOUSE Listing CIRCA 20 METRES EAST OF HEMLINGTON HALL FARMHOUSE, NUNEATON DRIVE, HEMLINGTON, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Dorman Memorial Museum Listing PARK ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Cenotaph with Memorial Gates, Gatepiers & Screen Walls Listing PARK ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Memorial Clock, Albert Park Listing ALBERT PARK, PARK ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Sundial, Albert Park Listing ALBERT PARK, PARK ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Nazareth House Listing PARK ROAD NORTH, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Church of St. Barnabas Listing ST. BARNABAS ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Coffin in grounds of Dorman Museum Listing PARK ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Avenue Methodist Church Listing THE AVENUE, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Church of the Sacred Heart Listing LINTHORPE ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
West Lodge and attached screen wall and Memorial in Albert Park Listing PARK ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
South African War Memorial Listing ALBERT PARK, PARK ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Albert Park Park and Garden ALBERT PARK, Middlesbrough II
Bonny Grove Farmhouse Listing BRASS CASTLE LANE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Gunnergate farmhouse and farm cottage Listing 80 AND 82, GUNNERGATE LANE, MIDDLESBROUGH, II
Memorial to Captain James Cook Listing CIRCA 80 METRES SOUTH OF CAPTAIN COOK BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, STEWART PARK, MARTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Coach House, Stable and Screen Wall Listing CIRCA 10 METRES NORTH EAST OF WESTSIDE HOUSE, STOKESLEY ROAD, MARTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Armstrong/Ingledew Fenison Tombstone Listing CIRCA 10 METRES EAST OF CHURCH OF ST CUTHBERT, STOKESLEY ROAD, MARTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Wright Tombstone Listing CIRCA 4 METRES SOUTH OF SOUTH PORCH OF CHURCH OF ST CUTHBERT, STOKESLEY ROAD, MARTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
LOGGIA Listing LOGGIA CIRCA 20 METRES SOUTH OF CAPTAIN COOK BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, STEWART PARK, MARTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Westside House Listing STOKESLEY ROAD, MARTON, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Bolckow Tombstones, Grave Cover and Kerb Listing CIRCA 24 METRES EAST OF CHANCEL OF CHURCH OF ST CUTHBERT, STOKESLEY ROAD, MARTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Barn and Stable Listing 15M. EAST OF GUNNERGATE FARMHOUSE, GUNNERGATE LANE, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Davison Tombstone Listing CIRCA 6 METRES SOUTH OF SOUTH TRANCEPT OF CHURCH OF ST CUTHBERT, STOKESLEY ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Temple Listing CIRCA 150 METRES SOUTH WEST OF CAPTAIN COOK BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, STEWART PARK, MARTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Church of St. Cuthbert Listing STOKESLEY ROAD, MARTON, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II*
Davison Tombstone Listing CIRCA 5 METRES SOUTH OF SOUTH TRANSEPT OF CHURCH OF ST CUTHBERT, STOKESLEY ROAD, MARTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Captain Cook School and School House Listing THE GROVE, MARTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Stewart Park Depot Listing STEWART PARK, MARTON,MIDDLESBROUGH II
Newham Hall, Retaining Wall and Steps Listing BRASS CASTLE LANE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Gate, Gatepiers and Walls at Entrance to Newham Hall Listing BRASS CASTLE LANE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Newham Hall Lodge Listing BRASS CASTLE LANE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Newport Bridge Listing TEES (NEWPORT) BRIDGE APPROACH ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Tower Dance Studio (was Phoenix Squash Club) Listing NEWPORT ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Church of The Holy Trinity Listing JAMES STREET, NORTH ORMESBY, MIDDLESBROUGH II
No name for this Entry Listing 4, WEST SIDE, NUNTHORPE VILLAGE, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough II
No name for this Entry Listing 8 AND 10, WEST SIDE, NUNTHORPE VILLAGE, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough II
No name for this Entry Listing 1, EAST SIDE, NUNTHORPE VILLAGE, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough II
Nunthorpe Hall Listing EAST SIDE, NUNTHORPE VILLAGE, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough II
Gates, Gatepiers and Crescent Walls at Entrance to Nunthorpe Hall Listing EAST SIDE, NUNTHORPE VILLAGE, NUNTHORPEMIDDLESBROUGH II
Tree Bridge Listing NUNTHORPE VILLAGE, NUNTHORPE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
The Lodge Listing 30 STOKESLEY ROAD, NUNTHORPE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Grey Towers House (Poole Hospital) and attached wall Listing STOKESLEY ROAD, NUNTHORPE, MIDDLESBROUGH II*
Church of St. Mary Listing CHURCH LANE, NUNTHORPE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
The Vicarage Listing CHURCH LANE, NUNTHORPE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Lychgate and Adjoining Stile, Fence and Gate Listing C45M SOUTH-WEST OF CHURCH OF ST MARY, CHURCH LANE, NUNTHORPE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Garden Terrace Wall, Stairs and Steps Listing GROUNDS OF NUNTHORPE HALL, EAST SIDE, NUNTHORPE VILLAGE, NUNTHORPE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Chapel of St. Mary Listing GROUNDS OF NUNTHORPE HALL, EAST SIDE, NUNTHORPE VILLAGE, NUNTHORPE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Gatepiers at Entrance to The Lodge and Poole Hospital Listing STOKESLEY ROAD, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough II
No name for this Entry Listing 6, WEST SIDE, NUNTHORPE VILLAGE, NUNTHORPE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Earthworks at Nunthorpe Hall Scheduling NUNTHORPE, MIDDLESBROUGH
No name for this Entry Listing 57-61, HIGH STREET, ORMESBY, MIDDLESBROUGH II
No name for this Entry Listing 33-55, HIGH STREET, ORMESBY, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Captain Cook Public House Listing DURHAM STREET, MIDDLESBROUGH II
No name for this Entry Listing 2,3 AND 4, EXCHANGE PLACE, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Transporter Bridge Listing TRANSPORTER BRIDGE, PORT CLARENCE ROAD, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees II*
New Exchange Buildings Listing QUEENS SQUARE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Queens Square Listing QUEENS TERRACE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Cathedral House Listing SUSSEX STREET, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Transporter Bridge Listing TRANSPORTER BRIDGE, FERRY ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II*
Piers, Railings and Gates at Entrance to Transporter Bridge Listing FERRY ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Winch House, Adjoining Railings, Wall, Gates and Gatepiers Listing C.40M SOUTH WEST OF TRANSPORTER BRIDGE, FERRY ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Bridgekeepers House Listing FERRY ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Old Town Hall Listing MARKET PLACE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Customs House Listing NORTH STREET, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Cleveland Pub, Area Walls, Piers and Railings Listing CLEVELAND STREET, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Dock Clock Tower Listing DOCK STREET, MIDDLESBROUGH II*
Boundary Wall at Entrance to Davy Offshore Modules LTD Listing VULCAN STREET, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Clock Tower Listing C5M SOUTH-WEST OF OLD TOWN HALL, MARKET PLACE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Cleveland Buildings Listing CLEVELAND STREET, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Queens Square Listing 17-27, QUEENS TERRACE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Stainton House Listing 2 HEMLINGTON ROAD, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
The Stainton Public House Listing MELDYKE LANE, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul Listing THORNTON ROAD, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II*
Coffin Listing ONE M.SOUTH OF CHANCEL OF CHURCH OF ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL, THORNTON ROAD, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Corner Tombstone Listing 7M. WEST OF CHURCH OF ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL, THORNTON ROAD, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Low Farmhouse 2 Farm Cottages and Adjoining Outbuildings Listing 2 THORNTON ROAD, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Church View Listing CHURCH VIEW, 1 HEMLINGTON ROAD, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Pair of Dovecotes and Linking Outhouse Listing C.20M NORTH-WEST OF STAINTON VALE FARMHOUSE, LOW LANE, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Rennison Tombstone Listing 3M SOUTH OF CHANCEL OF CHURCH OF ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL, THORNTON ROAD, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Boundary Wall, Gates and Gatepiers Listing CHURCH OF ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL, THORNTON ROAD, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Stainton Vale Farmhouse Listing LOW LINE, STAINTON, Stainton and Thornton, Middlesbrough II
Memorial Hall Listing MELDYKE LANE, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Stainton Grange and Garden Walls Listing STAINTON WAY, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II*
Burdon Table Tomb Listing 4M EAST OF CHANCEL OF CHURCH OF ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL, THORNTON ROAD, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Walls, Gates and Gatepiers Listing TO GARDEN OF NO 15 THORNTON ROAD, STAINTON AND THORNTON, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Town Hall and Municipal Buildings Listing CORPORATION ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II*
Darlington Building Society Listing 29 AND 31, CORPORATION ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
The Shakespeare Listing THE SHAKESPEARE, 34, LINTHORPE ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Monument to Sir Samuel Sadler Listing MONUMENT TO SIR SAMUEL SADLER, VICTORIA SQUARE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Hippodrome (was Chicago Rock) Listing WILSON STREET, MIDDLESBROUGH II
No name for this Entry Listing 11 AND 13, ZETLAND ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Central Public Library Listing VICTORIA SQUARE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Zetland Hotel Listing ZETLAND HOTEL, 9, ZETLAND ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Railway Station with Shops, Offices and Two Bridges Listing ZETLAND ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Nos 2, 2A, 4 and Zetland Buildings Listing EXCHANGE SQUARE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Exchange House Listing 6 EXCHANGE SQUARE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Monument to H.W.F.BOLCKOW Listing EXCHANGE SQUARE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
No name for this Entry Listing 36-42, LINTHORPE ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Midland Bank Listing 141 LINTHORPE ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Church of St. John the Evangelist Listing MARTON ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II*
No name for this Entry Listing 1, ALBERT ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Trustee Savings Bank Listing 34 ALBERT ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Old High School, University of Teesside Listing Borough Road, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Constantine Building, University of Teesside Listing University of Teesside, Borough Road, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Church of St Columba Listing BOUNDARY ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Group of 5 Telephone Kiosks Listing EAST SIDE OF TOWN HALL, CORPORATION ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Church of All Saints Listing LINTHORPE ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II*
Gates, Gatepiers and Boundary/Retaining Walls to Railway Station Forecourt including Commercial Premises Listing ZETLAND ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
No name for this Entry Listing 7, ZETLAND ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II*
Forbes’ Buildings Listing LINTHORPE ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
The Masham Hotel Listing 27 LINTHORPE ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Monument to John Vaughan Listing VICTORIA SQUARE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
No name for this Entry Listing 1, 3 AND 5, ZETLAND ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Commerce House Listing EXCHANGE SQUARE, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Park Methodist Church Listing LINTHORPE ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Lloyds Bank Chambers Listing 2 ALBERT ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
The Albert Listing 38 AND 40, ALBERT ROAD, MIDDLESBROU II
York House Listing 102-108, BOROUGH ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
The Empire Listing CORPORATION ROAD, MIDDLESBROUG II*
Midland Bank Listing MIDLAND BANK, 1, EXCHANGE PLACE, MIDDLESBROUGH, Middlesbrough II
Gates, Gatepiers and Flanking Walls Listing ENTRANCE TO NAZARETH HOUSE, PARK ROAD NORTH, MIDDLESBROUG II
Former Primary Infant School Listing VICTORIA ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Church House Listing MARTON ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH II
Barn, Horse-Mill, Stable and Cartshed Listing C.10M NORTH-WEST OF BONNY GROVE FARMHOUSE, BRASS CASTLE LANE, MIDDLESBROUG II
Stainsby medieval village and open field system Scheduling Middlesbrough

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Coffin in the grounds of Dorman Museum

Nature's World Community Orchard

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Originally introduced by the Romans, apples have been cared for and cultivated for centuries, yet today orchards are in decline.

Orchards are important because:

  • They create beautiful landscapes
  • Fruit tress are a source of food
  • They are valuable habitats for wildlife
  • Locally grown fruit provides local jobs, reduces transport costs and pollution
  • Old varieties of fruit and fruit trees are irreplaceable sources of genetic diversity
  • Orchards have a long tradition of multiple use spaces
  • They are places of local cultural significance

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Nature’s World Community Orchard was managed organically (without the use of synthetic pesticides and soluble fertilizers). Pest and disease control was reliant on creating a diverse environment and encouraging maximum levels of natural predators.

Despite the closure of Nature’s World in 2013, the heritage community orchard is still a beautiful place, rich with hundreds of specimens of apple, plum and pear trees.

Friends of Nature’s World requested that Middlesbrough Borough Council place Tree Protection Orders on these trees, but we were told that the trees on the site are not outstanding fully-mature specimen trees and in themselves would not warrant Tree Preservation Orders.

Apparently, it is not usual practice for cropping trees to be protected under Tree Preservation Orders, though there have been some instances of very rare cropped trees to be so protected. This is dependant on their rarity and specialist advice would have to be taken as it involves a highly specialised investigation of the seeds (“pips”) to determine whether such cropped trees are worthy of Tree Preservation Order status.

On the Nature’s World site, there are a number of trees which were adopted by members of the public who paid to maintain a tree. There are also a number of memorial trees to which the public can not access.

Friends of Nature’s World hope that by maintaining the site for as long as required, eventually the public will be allowed access to the orchards once again.

Listed below are the types of apple, pear and plum tree found at Nature’s World.

Apples Outer Ring (Clockwise from entrance)

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Howgate Wonder

Laxtons Superb

James Grieve

Tydemans Late Orange

Sparton

Kidd’s Orange Red

Norfolk Beefing

Besspool

Forge

Autumn Pearmain

Beeley Pippin

Allen’s Everlasting

Pitmaston Pineapple

Catshead

White Transparent

Melon

Herring Pippin

Tom Putt

White Melrose

Sheeps Nose

Nettlestone Pippin

Keswick Codling

Tydemans Early Worcester

Worcester Pearmain

Crispin

Sunset

Winston

Apples Inner Ring (Clockwise from entrance)

Cockpit Improved

Grenadier

Greensleeves

George Cave

John Downie

Red Ellison’s

Monarch

Fortune

Rev W Wilks

Golden Delicious

Lord Lambourne

Court Pendu Plat

Golden Spire

Golden Hornet

Fiesta

Epicure

Jupiter

Brownlee’s Russet

Ellison’s Orange

Lord Derby

Egremont Russet

Blenheim Orange

Balsam

Bramley’s Seedling

Beauty of Bath

Cheal’s Scarlet

Discovery

Early Victoria

Arthur Turner

Early Worcester

Dartmouth

Charles Ross

Newton Wonder

Lane’s Prince Albert

Keswick Codling

Veitch’s Scarlet

Cox’s Orange Pippin

Ashmeads’s Kernel

Allington Pippin

Pears (Clockwise from entrance)

Beth

Buerre Hardy

Catillac

Concorde

Conference

Doyenne Du Cornice

Hessle

Jargonelle

Louise Bonne of Jersey

Onwards

Packham’s Triumph

William’s Bon Chretien

Glou Morcheau

Hessle

Glou Morcheau

William’s Bon Chretien

Packham’s Triumph

Onwards

Louise Bonne of Jersey

Jargonelle

Hessle

Doyenne Du Comice

Conference

Concorde

Catillac

Buerre Hardy

Beth

Plums (Clockwise from entrance)

Victoria

Early Rivers

Greengage

Goldfinch

Reine Claude D’Bavay

Cambridge Gage

Czar

Belle De Louvain

Laxtons Cropper

Merryweather

Witherslack Damson

Rivers Early Prolific

Count D’ Althan’s Gage

Angelina Burdett

 

Information was taken from an original Nature’s World leaflet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS…WEEDS!

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On 27th December, Friends of Nature’s World spent a cold morning weeding the Nature’s World car park.

FoNW obtained a variety of tools to use for the day, thanks to a volunteer group in South Middlesbrough. Despite the icy conditions, the group made good use of the wheel barrows, spades and secateurs.

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It was hoped that Middlesbrough Council would see the groups dedication to maintaining the site (even at Christmas) and how hopeful they are that the New Year will offer new opportunities for the Nature’s World site.

possibilities are endlessThe group aims to maintain the grounds until a suitable plan is accepted by Middlesbrough Council. It is hoped that by raising the profile of the site, potential investors, charities, community groups and the public will be reminded what an asset it is to the local community and Middlesbrough as a whole. There are not many places where children can actively learn about nature and the environment.

Allegedly, there is currently a £1.6 million pounds debt owed to the National Lottery which would have to be paid back by an investor if the council is to sell the land commercially. If Nature’s World is transferred to benefit the community (community asset transfer) or to a charity then the debt would be cancelled out.

This is probably why there has been little interest in Nature’s World since its closure. To a housing developer, £1.6 million would still be a worthwhile cost for a 26 acre site.

Despite not being allocated for new housing in the Local Plan, it could still be sold for a developer to land bank.

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Friends of Nature’s World are optimistic that they can promote the benefits of Nature’s World and look after the site on a voluntary basis for as long as it takes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heritage at Risk-English Heritage Event

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“Successful partnerships, and the support of volunteers and community groups are crucial in tackling heritage at risk; a fact demonstrated consistently in the North East. Whilst we’ve been very successful in improving many sites, there is no time to relax – 20 historic sites and areas were newly assessed and added to the 2014 register. We will continue to work with others to improve the condition of our historic environment”

Graham Saunders, Planning and Conservation Director for the North East

On Tuesday 9th December 2014, English Heritage held an “Heritage at Risk” event at the Castlegate Centre in Newcastle.

A representative from Hands on Middlesbrough was invited to meet with other community and voluntary groups and discuss how they can work together to support heritage at risk in the North East of England.

The purpose of the event was to:

  • Increase knowledge about what the heritage at risk programme is;
  • Provide more understanding amongst local community groups about how they can support heritage at risk in their local area;
  • Provide a better awareness of what funding support is available from organisations like English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund;
  • Provide greater familiarity of what fundraising support is available from organisations like the Heritage Alliance – e.g. funding workshops, project mentoring, webinars and consultancy support
  • Develop awareness and increase confidence and knowledge about who to contact for help and advice

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On 1st April 2015, English Heritage are splitting into two separate organisations. English Heritage will concentrate on running the 420 properties they manage and Historic England will act as an independent government body, advising government, local authority and carrying out research into England’s historic environment. Historic England will be asking community groups to survey Grade II listed buildings and record their condition.

English Heritage currently maintain Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings, despite 92% of listed buildings in England are Grade II.

In Middlesbrough, our only one Grade I listed building is Acklam Hall, Grade II* buildings are Middlesbrough Town Hall, St Cuthbert Church (Marton), Church of St Peter & St Paul (Stainton), St John The Evangelist Church, All Saints Church, 7 Zetland Road, Dock Clock Tower, Transporter Bridge, Grey Towers House (Nunthorpe) & The Empire. Many significant buildings are Grade II and are in poor condition.

Community groups can help protect historic buildings and raise funds from a number of sources; heritage lottery fund, heritage alliance, architectural heritage fund, Local Buildings Preservation Trust, Princes Regeneration Trust and many more.

The event was informative, especially for fledgling community groups. There were guest speakers from Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, North of England Civic Trust and Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust.

There was also an open workshop where groups could discuss with a member of staff from English Heritage any problems or challenges facing community groups getting involved with heritage at risk, fundraising support, funding, training, information and advice.

The workshop highlighted some key problems facing community groups who are trying to protect heritage at risk. One of the main concerns raised was how English Heritage can protect buildings, structures and monuments particularly from housing development on the grounds of listed buildings when cuts to local government (conservation officers, heritage officers and archaeology services) has led to heritage and conservation moving further down the list of priorities.

In Middlesbrough, it is important the community identify the buildings, structures, monuments and gardens we want to keep, think creatively about how buildings can be used for modern purposes, raise funds and work together with the local authority to protect our heritage above and below the ground. There are funds available for setting up a group to champion heritage, for restoration projects and for heritage projects that benefit communities.

The Heritage Lottery Fund was set up in 1994 and has given 5.8 billion to Heritage Projects in the UK. Community groups can easily apply for funds, projects for over £10,000 must demonstrate one outcome for heritage and one for people.

The historic environment is all around us and it is our responsibility to make it a priority to preserve what we can for future generations. Communities need to work with the local authority and organisations like English Heritage to ensure heritage is given the respect it deserves.

Hands on Middlesbrough has signed up to help Historic England next year record the condition of all Grade II listed buildings in Middlesbrough.

 

Photographs provided by Local Historian, Ian Stubbs

 

Friends of Nature's World Granted Access by Middlesbrough Council

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On Sunday 14th December, Friends of Nature’s World held their first meeting at the Nature’s World site, after being granted monthly access to maintain the 26 acres.

The group has been set up to maintain Nature’s World and demonstrate that the community wants to keep this resource. It is hoped that the Friends of Nature’s World can promote the importance of green space within Middlesbrough and that the spaces that are important to communities should be protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

It is hoped that through this group forming, Nature’s World can be revitalised, raise the profile and awareness of the site, attract potential investors and stop it from falling into disrepair.

There are very few places where children can learn about local wildlife, growing organic food and the environment. Nature’s World encouraged a “hands on” approach to learning and was a valuable resource to a number of community groups.
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It was discussed at the first meeting onsite, that there are a number of possibilities to use the land to benefit the community once again.

As Nature’s World is not identified in the local plan it means that legally it can not be sold for housing until 2029. It is possible it could be sold to a developer to land bank or sold off in sections to build 10 homes or less. With enough public support for the campaign, it is hoped that the land can be re-opened and a suitable alternative to housing found.

Friends of Nature’s World would like to appeal for volunteers to join the group and who can offer their time to maintain the site once a month. We are waiting to hear from Middlesbrough Council if some volunteers will  be granted weekly access, as monthly access on a site that size will not be sufficient.

Please contact us: lovenaturesworld@gmail.com

FRIENDS OF NATURE'S WORLD REVEAL THE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

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On Saturday 8th November 2014, Hands On Middlesbrough and Friends of Nature’s World were given access for 2 hours to carry out maintenance of the play areas at Nature’s World and to pick any apples that may be left in the heritage orchards (unfortunately there were none left).

A group of about 15 people turned out in torrential rain. The weeds in the Adventure Playground were knee high and despite having no equipment, the volunteers pulled the weeds out by hand.

Some of the people who came to help had once worked at Nature’s World, some used to visit frequently with their families and had many fond memories.

Botanist, Ann Press came along to visit her Forest Garden, one of the oldest forest gardens in the UK and home to a number of rare plants, including a rare Lady Slipper Orchid. Some of the species of plants were replanted at ancient sites around the UK.

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Nature’s World was a much loved place to visit. A place for scientific study and for adults and children to learn about nature and the environment. A beautiful green space in Middlesbrough and one that needs to be protected.

Gazette Article Tidy Work Down at Nature’s World

TAS & HOM Campaign to protect Middlesbrough’s Heritage

 

 

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Teesside Archaeological Society and Hands on Middlesbrough have been working hard to raise awareness about heritage at risk in Middlesbrough.

The Urban Park proposed at Middlehaven is on the site of what was once Middlesbrough Pottery. Middlesbrough Pottery Company was founded in 1834 and produced until 1857. This pre-dates the more famous Linthorpe Art Pottery which was launched in 1879.

After considerable lobbying by TAS members, Middlesbrough council has agreed to a watching brief, with an archaeologist present at the Urban Park site.

Hands on Middlesbrough recently requested an FOI for information about the land to the North of Acklam Hall (the site of a medieval moat medieval manor and possible priests house) when work was carried out in breach of planning conditions and without an archaeologist present.

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Work was stopped, but we have yet to discover how the council plans to enforce protection of the historic environment. Middlesbrough Borough Council opted out of using Tees Archaeology to screen planning applications in 2009 so it is essential they put a programme in place to ensure the Historic environment Record for Middlesbrough is being updated and heritage is protected.

 

HOM apply to List The Avenue of Trees with English Heritage

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The Avenue of Trees was originally an avenue of Lime Trees, planted near the end of the 17th century as part of the formal gardens of Acklam Hall (circa 1683). In the storm of 1829 most of the trees came down but were quickly replaced.

It is a beautiful place much loved by the local community. The stunning view from the Hall Drive entrance draws the eye towards Acklam Hall.

The Avenue of Trees is not protected. It forms part of the Acklam Hall conservation area but does not have Listed Status or any Tree Preservation Orders placed on ancient trees.

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In October (2014), Hands on Middlesbrough applied to English Heritage for the site to be designated but the application was unsuccessful. Maps were provided to prove historic significance including this map from 1716.

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Unfortunately, the current circumstances of The Avenue of Trees, Acklam, do not fall into any of the three categories used by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to prioritise designation resources on those sites that are most in need of protection. Those categories are:

  1. Threat: any candidate for designation demonstrably under serious threat of demolition or major alteration. In this case, the Historic Landscape Assessment submitted with the planning application for the development at Acklam Hall makes it clear that the Avenue of Trees falls outside the development area. The Avenue is therefore not directly affected by the development.
  2. Strategic Priority: any candidate for designation of a type that is a strategic designation priority under the National Heritage Protection Plan, English Heritage’s programme of strategic work. You can find a list of this year’s projects on our website.
  3. Evident Significance: any building or site that possesses evident significance that makes it obviously worthy of inclusion on the National Heritage List for England. The evidence provided in your application and the Historic Landscape Assessment suggest that the Avenue of Trees is the only surviving substantially intact feature of the original designed landscape associated with Acklam Hall and is therefore not a strong candidate for designation.

English Heritage advised that: “there are other approaches to the protection of this site that you can take. Your local authority can advise you on the local designation options available, such as applying for a Tree Preservation Order, and you may wish to speak to your local Historic Environment Records Officer or conservation group for advice on such matters”.

Hands on Middlesbrough did apply to Middlesbrough Council for advise on tree preservation orders for The Avenue of Trees but was advised by a planning officer that:

The Avenue of Trees to Acklam Hall is afforded protection by way of the Acklam Hall Conservation Area and its existence on Council-owned land. A further layer of protection is brought to bear by its undoubted contribution to the setting of Acklam Hall and is this regard English Heritage would no doubt resist any removal of trees or speculative proposal for development on the area. The survey and preparation of a Tree Preservation Order on these trees would be a costly and timely exercise for the Council and ultimately a wholly unnecessary effort.

As the Acklam Hall grounds were also a conservation area, with some tree protection orders in place, and clearly a contribution to the setting of the hall itself, this response did not inspire confidence that The Avenue of Trees would be protected for future generations to enjoy.

We looked into other options, such as registering it as a Village Green, but the forms are extremely difficult for members of the community to complete.

Here is the link from the Open Spaces Society for anyone who may be interested in registering a piece of land as a village green.

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NB English Heritage is now known as Historic England

 

 

HANDS ON MIDDLESBROUGH Heritage & Green Space Local List

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Hands on Middlesbrough is compiling a list of places and spaces important to the community.

Any built structure with historical and cultural significance or green space (including woodland) used by the community can be added to a Heritage and Green Space Local List which will be presented to the council. The current Local list identifies 91 buildings or sites:

  •  buildings and sites of architectural quality;
  •  buildings and sites of historic interest; and,
  •  buildings and sites having townscape value and/or group value

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The buildings or sites identified by the Heritage & Green Space Local List which meet this criteria will be presented to the council with the possibility that they may be added to the council local list.

Hands on Middlesbrough will apply to English Heritage for registration and investigation of any council owned heritage sites deemed worthy of Listed Status by the public.

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Green Space will be presented to MBC as a record of the spaces used by communities and that the public want protecting for future generations. That is not to say they will be protected but by compiling a list it identifies green space important to local people.

Any Grade II Listed Building identified as At Risk will be photographed by Hands on Middlesbrough and their use and condition recorded. This information will be provided to English Heritage so that they are aware of our heritage at risk.

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Please email handsonmiddlesbroughfuture@gmail.com with any photographs or recommendations of spaces or places you would like to protect or join our Facebook group.

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Teesside Gazette “12 Cherished Places in Middlesbrough Campaigners Say Need Protecting”

Victorian Cities Revisited: Heritage and History Conference (Day 1)

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It was a big coup for Middlesbrough to stage this conference and to get speakers and visitors from all over the country and, indeed, the world. A number of the talks were about Middlesbrough and even those that weren’t, I found myself relating to my own thoughts on this town and its history.

The first day of the conference got off to a flying start with Mayor Mallon, in the very Council Chamber itself no less, waving the flag for Middlesbrough and our industrial heritage. He started by saying that “this particular topic [Victorian heritage], to me, to this town is more important than what people realise… too many people have forgotten where they come from and who they are. We should never forget who we are and where we came from. This conference is important to me because I want to get the subject of the past on everybody’s mind in Middlesbrough, because if not, we will lose our way.”

Barry Doyle, now with the University of Huddersfield, but formerly at Teesside University and once my tutor on the Local History MA course, gave a talk on the health of Middlesbrough’s population in the late nineteenth century. This showed that although most comparable towns and cities in the industrialised north were making improvements in public health, with significant falls in death rates and increasing life expectancy, Middlesbrough went against the norm by actually having worsening health. This was mainly due to poor sanitation and drainage, with people living in overcrowded conditions and in close proximity to heavy industry and the pollution it produced.

Although Middlesbrough did make improvements in the health of its population, this was not until much later, in the first half of the twentieth century. Even now, the health of people in Middlesbrough is generally worse than the England average. For example, life expectancy for males is 76.3, compared to the average for England of 79.2 and for females life expectancy is 80.2, compared with an England average of 83.0. What is even worse is that in the poorer parts of Middlesbrough, life expectancy for males is about 68 and for women it is around 75. Deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer are also significantly higher than the England average.

After that fun-packed lecture, I made my way to the Mandela Room, where Helen Frisby was giving a talk about “magic and modernity in the English urban funeral.” This examined superstitious beliefs about death and funerals that were transferred from rural to urban settings with industrialisation, as agrarian workers moved to the expanding towns and cities. The stories of overcrowded cemeteries, with bits of decaying bodies poking through the soil were gruesome, but it made me wonder what the graveyard at St Hilda’s looked like. This graveyard was small, enclosed by the urban development of Middlesbrough and had to cater for a large and fast growing population, which was also unhealthy and had a high death rate! Last Saturday I had been at the old Holy Cross Church at Whorlton, near Swainby, and photographed the overcrowded gravestones there. Would St Hilda’s have looked something like this in the late 1800s?

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Shane Ewen, editor of Urban History magazine gave a talk on the great flood of Sheffield which occurred in 1864. This looked at how disasters have a “major impact on a place’s political, social and economic makeup.” This was followed by Charlotte Mallinson dissecting (ouch!) the misplaced sensationalist values of Jack the Ripper tours. Thankfully, Middlesbrough has largely avoided major disasters and sensationalist crimes, but does that make us culturally the poorer, is our identity lacking in some way because of this?

After lunch, some of us embarked on a guided tour of old Middlesbrough, led by Tosh Warwick. This took in the statue of Henry Bolckow in Exchange Square:

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The New Exchange buildings and the Tees Port building (now PD Ports):

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The homes of Henry Bolckow and John Vaughan:

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The National Provincial Bank of England:

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The Captain Cook pub:

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Before arriving at the Transporter Bridge, with a very informative talk by former Bridge Master Alan Murray (I never knew it was made from Scottish steel!).

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Back in the Council Chamber, I opted for the mental health strand, with Rob Ellis explaining how London County Council, in the late nineteenth century, was influenced by European and American ideas in its design of asylums and Carolyn Gibbeson discussing how the now defunct large county asylums of England are being utilised by developers for residential use. Again, having a one-track mind, I could not help wondering about the fate of Middlesbrough’s asylum, St Luke’s. Should this have been closed down and its red brick buildings reutilised by developers to create aspirational homes to attract middle class families into the town? Or should it be obliterated to make way for a cash-generating, modern secure mental health facility? I guess that’s the trouble with hosting such an event in a place of multiple deprivation and chronic long term health conditions, it cannot help but throw up a lot of very uncomfortable questions.

The closing speech for the day was by Professor Robert (Bob) Morris, from the University of Edinburgh. I had spoken to Bob earlier in the day, on the way to the Transporter Bridge, and explained how the recent development at Acklam Hall had removed the ugly school buildings that were added in the twentieth century, but also threatened the medieval archaeology that still exists, for the time being at least, across the site. I did not know that Bob had been taught at Acklam Hall in the early 1960s, before studying at Keble College Oxford, the Nuffield College and then spending most of his academic career at the Department of Economic History in the Social Science Faculty of Edinburgh University. He even included in his presentation a slide of the quadrangle at Acklam Hall, with huge mature horse chestnut trees growing in the middle, a sight he remembered from his chemistry classes. Now, of course, it is all gone.

I think Bob’s talk was probably the most successful of the day. He spoke of how other post-industrial areas, such as Bradford and the Calder Valley, had managed to regenerate themselves by adapting former factories to business and niche marketing uses. He explained how Germany had even managed to turn its old steel making blast furnace sites into nature parks and industrial heritage trails.

Bob also talked about the internet, about specialist local history sites, their interactive nature and how they collected information outside the normal academic rigours. I must say I was taken aback by his remark to the audience that “most of you will know someone who has done their family history research.” I, like many people who have since gone on to “proper” academic research at university or wherever, have spent many years studying my family history and this has led to an appreciation and interest in local history. However, Bob obviously loves the amateur research produced by the internet and spoke with a deep conviction when he said that the loss of some community websites was akin to book burning.

I found Bob’s concluding remarks most affecting. He said that the way to attract a well informed and educated public to an area, was to provide them with an interesting historic environment in which to live. It is not enough to just provide aspirational houses, you need to provide an environment in which people feel engaged, in which they feel at home and in which they belong. Mere bricks and mortar do not provide this. You need a cultural identity and without that, in the words of Ray Mallon, “We will lose our way.”

Written by Richard Pink