On the right you will see a series concrete posts on the embankment – these indicate the locations of the underground electricity power lines
( originating at the power station at Wilton) which were buried after a local campaign
On the left you will see the War WW1 Memorial which was commissioned and unveiled in 1921
( Note that the memorial is surrounded by private property now but was originally owned by the Church – the Vicarage is the large building left adjacent to it was the Nunthorpe Primary School, and around the site was an allotment. Picture below – the War Memorial with old school ( now a private home) and a pictures of children outside the school in 1914 and 1940. The fallen commemorated on the base.
Turning left up Church Lane you will g0 past the site of the old Scout hut, just before the Church car park) – replaced by a house
and then you will come to the Lych Gate through which you can see St Mary’s Church
Inside the Lych Gate is the World War 2 Memorial
and off to your right you will see your first clear view of Roseberry Topping
You are now entering private land though it has footpaths ( not bridleways so technically no right to ride a bike here) which are a right of way. Please stay on the clear footpaths and keep any dogs under control, preferably on a lead so they don’t walk on any crops or disturb any livestock which are in some of the fields you will come to depending on your route.
Morton Grange Farm ( private property – please keep to the footpaths marked on the map) is ahead of you and here is a short history and picture
The Buckle family the current owners – were originally tenant farmers here from 1905. Sir Arthur Dorman had the farmhouse built but later bought Grey Towers. He sold this farm to a Belgian in 1930, but after the War, the War Department confiscated the farm from him as he had been a collaborator. The family bought the farm in 1950 and originally owned Thompson’s field ( in which they grew turnips).
The fields in front of you will produce wheat and barley which are used to produce anything from bread and beer, to biodiesel and ethanol.
Please keep out of the fields as they benefit us in the long run.
Here is link to try your own tree identification Woodland Trust tree identification
Wildlife in the wood – and Nunthorpe – see https://ourgreenways.org/home/gallery/
This map is from Redcar and Cleveland Council – there have been suggestions of building houses here- but that is now removed!!
“I worked for Cleveland County Council from 1976-88 until I went into private practice. While I was with the Council I worked for the Environment Team, within the Planning Department. Part of the Team’s job was to design and supervise landscape contracts all over Cleveland. The Nursery was set up by the Council in the late 1970’s, I believe, as a centre where all the trees and shrubs were delivered from the national wholesale nursery growers and stored prior to their being delivered out to the various landscape sites for planting. It had a Nursery Manager and assistants and was quite well managed. Because many were bare-rooted plants, they had to be heeled-in (ie put into trenches and their roots covered with moist soil). The nursery was active for quite a long period of time but, I believe, it was run down and disused before I left and some of the trees and shrubs remaining were planted in and around the site (hence some denser patches of trees where groups ‘heeled in’ were simply left in situ. These plants have developed into what we see today.
I received a reply back from Gwynne Smith in Guisborough on the history of Nunthorpe Nursery Wood- actually not a lot of info as his memory is now failing him.
Mr Smith was a gang leader on the Cleveland Council Urban Fringe Exercise in the early ’80s and collected and planted the whips and transplants as they came in from nurseries both around the area and from Banff and Buchan in Scotland. Some trees were also brought in from Holland, these are obviously some of the top grade trees I am seeing. Apparently Cleveland Council owned the land as an open field when he started working there. The land was probably bought from the Brunton family who owned a lot of farmland around this area.
Someone in the Council offices planned, estimated and ordered the number of trees required for each planting season and as they came in from the various nurseries they were heeled in, mostly quite close to the bypass entrance rather than the Morton Carr end. Every April or so it was found the number of trees ordered were more than actually used and they were left where they had been heeled in as they would not be used in the following autumn’s planting programme. The whole exercise was only over a period of 3 – 4 years and then the Nursery Wood was abandoned and the trees left to their own devices.”
See also this article in Greater Nunthorpe News Morton Carr Wood illustrated article
Great feedback form Luke Jones – his wife spotted the QR codes- they found this page ‘fascinating’
Please send in your comments on the experience of these woods and the use of the QR codes too.
Nunthorpe Shops Guisborough Road – adjacent to Nunthorpe Station
The area around the shops have seen many changes over the years. The Nursery opposite was the Nunthorpe Library some years ago.
Where the apartments are located used to be a garage. The hunt is outside what is now Godleys Cycles but used to be Gjertsons
What is now the Spar shop used to be a separate Post Office and Hintons, the first supermarket in Nunthorpe. Here are some pictures
The Middlesbrough & Guisborough Railway (M&G) was a railway line serving the towns of Middlesbrough and Guisborough as well as areas of the Eston Hills in North Yorkshire from 1853 through to 1964.The M&G was backed by the Pease family, one of the major iron ore mine owners. It was one of two railway schemes (along with the Cleveland Railway) competing for the mining business in the area. It was promoted by the Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR), which worked the line and absorbed it in 1858. See plaque below still on the wall of the station)
The line had been opened in 1853 to an iron ore mine at Cod Hill, and passenger services started a year later, stopping in the villages of Ormesby, Nunthorpe and Pinchinthorpe, before terminating at Guisborough.
A brief history of the Station http://bit.ly/NpeStnhistory
Old station plan and under a copy of the share certificate and an engines at the station
This triangle between Guisborough Road, and Marton Moor Road has seen many different activities over the years and Wards of Nunthorpe – was a paper shop selling ‘sweets and cigs’ a sign used to say. It was, for a while a Spar shop, later became Rookwood News and is now The Beautiful Shutter Company. The last picture is Connaught Road some years ago!
Nunthorpe and Marton Playing Fields Association
These fields used to be a polo field! (see map opposite)
Extract from Nunthorpe History Group timeline
‘ 1911. Records indicate that Nunthorpe station staff handled 349 polo ponies. These were then ridden down to the polo field
1965 Lady Harrison of Red Cottage donated 8.75 acres of her land on Guisborough Road to the communities of Nunthorpe, Marton and part of Ormesby for use as community playing fields.’
These fields are what was the polo field.
The Nuns sculpture bench
This magnificent iconic sculpture bench was commissioned by a long standing Nunthorpe resident in memory of her husband and so many people have expressed their appreciation of this generous donation which emphasises how Nunthorpe got its name
This site was originally chosen as it has great views, not least of St Mary’s Church. Other sites were explored almost two years ago and the matter came to the attention of the Parish Council last year. Other sites were explored and a consultation carried out, before this site was confirmed. The Parish Council has agreed to maintain the bench.
The bench is made of larch, which is softish when harvested and thus relatively easy to carve, but the wood becomes tough as it dries out. Larch is often used in the making of traditional boats as a result.
Bench during installation
The history of the name and so the iconic nature of the sculpture is due to the fact that Nunthorpe has its roots as a Thorp – a Saxon name for a small settlement near a larger one ( in our case Great Ayton and was recorded as such in the Domesday Book) but became Nunthorpe as below.
It seems that Nuns settled in the village in 12th century were not the best behaved although they apparently came from distinguished families. So Nun was added to Thorp and became Nunthorpe. It is rumoured that a ghost of a nun walks the grounds of Nunthorpe Hall!
Adam de Brus – a descendant of one of William the Conqueror’s followers, was Lord of the Manor and gave permission for the founding of a nunnery at Hutton Lowcross in 1162, close to Guisborough Priory. The convent consisted of a prioress and eight or nine nuns, but they quarrelled and a nuisance to their neighbours and were resettled at Nunthorpe . They had a small priory and a mill though the site is unknown but again they ‘misbehaved’ including horse stealing, and were eventually sent by the ecclesiastical authorities to live in Baysdale. .
Adam de Brus was a forebear of Robert de Brus of Scotland. The Brus family had a castle at Castleton and another near Yarm. The lane between the two castles became Brass Castle Lane which runs west from Dixons Bank.
‘Triangle Wood’ – ourGreenways, supported by NPC, initiated discussions about the wood ( triangle shaped – we need a proper name – we would welcome your ideas ) which is on your right as you enter Church Lane from Stokesley Road. The wood was used many years ago by the Scouts when there was a Scout hut nearby and its currently owned by the Council. It’s been agreed that we can take this wood on the basis of a peppercorn rent. Some further work needs to be done to finalise details, but a short survey and conversations with residents in neighbouring properties, has indicated their full support for this proposal. Look out for more details