This sculpture near Middlesbrough University is dedicated to the town's most famous son - Captain James Cook. What confuses me is that we drove through his birth place and Whitby claims to be his home... so how come Middlesbrough was his home as well? The guy must have moved a lot ;-)
The sculpture which shows extracts from Cook's journals was designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
If you like white water canoeing this is the place for you: An artificial slalom course at the Tees Barrage. This place is also a nice place for a walk because it's interesting to watch the boats and the lock at the Barrage.
The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge has been a symbol of the area since it was opened in 1911. It's one of only three transporter bridges in England that still exists - and it's also the longest of its kind in the world (259.3 metres).
Unfortunately it wasn't open when we were there, I would have loved the experience a ride over the river Tees on the funny looking gondola.
It was the view from a bench, now the Bram Stoker Memorial Seat, perched high over there on West Cliff,
that inspired the author's Whitby scenes. From that spot he could see the cliffs near where
the Russian ship, 'Demeter', comes ashore, the location of the first encounters between Dracula and Lucy.
Stoker's words continue, ' Between it and the town there is another church, the parish one,
round which is a big graveyard, all full of tombstones'
There are hundreds of them, mostly of sandstone, and in their position on the cliff-top,
they've been weathered over hundreds of years by fierce storms blowing in from the North Sea,
so much so that most of the words carved into their faces are gone...
Exploring the Graveyard of St. Mary's Church
'The houses of the old town . . . are all red-roofed, and seemed piled up one over the other . . .'
. . . so wrote Bram Stoker ( 1847-1912 ) in his famous horror novel 'Dracula'
The Abbey fell into disrepair when when Henry VIII decided that his whizzy new idea Anglicanism -- would give him more power and also allow him to steal all the Church's money. And it worked. The Abbey, like so many others around the country, fell into graceful disrepair after the monks were shooed off, the deterioration selflessly aided in the Great War by the German fleet which decided to shell the Abbey for a bit of a laugh. Their marksmanship turned out to be poor so they sailed further north in search of a bigger stationary target that they might actually hit more than once. South Shields and Newcastle upon Tyne as it turned out.
In the 1700’s Stockton was famed as a river port. It is here that Captain Cook served his apprenticeship. The Endeavour is replaced on the ships of this time. At Castlegate Quay (just near my gym!)there is the replica on the River Tees.
Tours of the ship are available.
Robert Ropner, a local shipbuilder made his fortune in the area and bought Preston Hall. It is now an impressive museum with something for everyone. The most famous exhibit is a painting ‘The Dice Players’ by George de la Tour. One particularly interesting display is The Toy Box that displays toys from over 200 years. There is also a display ‘Life In The Home’ which includes rooms ranging from an 1820’s Drawing Room to a 1960’s Bedsit. Children like me will love the collections of arms and armoury in the deep, dark dungeons of the Hall. There is also a typical Victorian period street showing what life was like in those times.
Birthplace of railways.
Historic market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
There are historic markets situated within one of the widest High Streets in England. The current centre is now being redeveloped to incorporate a new shopping complex.
This is a historic and beautiful town set in a loop of the River Tees. By Tudor times the town had grown into a great port, and ballast from the ships was used to cobble the wide high street. The industrial revolution saw the demise of Yarm as a port. It has a huge 43 arch rail viaduct which dominates the entry to the town from Stockton.There are exclusive designer shops and a Town Hall dating from 1710 with its walls showing past flooding levels. The town still gets flooded from time to time. Within the town there are a wide variety of restaurants.
Visit the White Horse on the side of Sutton Bank at Kilburn.
After visiting the iron-age white horse in Berkshire, local man Thomas Taylor decided that Yorkshire was desperately in need of one too!!Thirty men were involved in the project. Six tons of lime were needed to whitewash the horse. The Kilburn White Horse is 314 feet long and 228 feet high
CROFT MOTOR CYCLE AND SIDECAR RACING.....
THIS OLD PHOTO SHOWS WHAT IT WAS LIKE IN MY DAY....SO LOW TO THE GROUND, IT WAS THE MOST FUN I EVER HAD WITH CLOTHES ON .....SCRAPING YER BUTT ON THE TRACK.
EXCITING STUFF......BIT SCAREY TOO.
CROFT MOTOR RACING CICUIT.
I RECENTLY ATTENDED A HONDA TRACK EXPERIENCE DAY AND RODE MY OWN BIKE AROUND THE TRACK.
I WENT PRETTY QUICK BUT THE THOUGHT OF CRASHING MY BIKE AND PAYING OUT £7000 TO FIX IT KEPT ME A BIT CAREFULL.
join a Gym.
Teesside is packed with Gyms, they're springing up everywhere, and the David Lloyd Club is the biggest and probably the best of them.