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Normanby - the Last Decade of 19th Century


  Most of the male inhabitants worked in either the iron/steel industry or in one of the local mines.


  In the early part of the year there was a typhoid epidemic in the area. The Normanby Board gave out handbills advising the population to boil all their milk and water.
  Notice served on Cargo Fleet Iron Company to attend to defective spouting on houses 47-63 West Street.
  In July Normanby celebrated the safe return from Australia of Mr Ward-Jackson.
  Reports that Eston Board intended to take Normanby Board to court over the pollution of Crossbeck .
  There was a controversy at Normanby School - the teachers were accused of excessive corporal punishment.


  In April of this year there was a proposal to reduce miners wages by 10% - they had already been reduced by 5% a short time previously.
  April 15th the census was taken. Normanby had many shops & trades, Butchers, Grocers, Shoe Makers, Shoe Dealers & Coal Dealers. The vicar of Eston who lived in Normanby was Edward Besley. Landlords of pubs: Lambton Arms - Thomas Fleming, Cleveland Hotel - Michael Hobson, Poverina Hotel - Mary Wilson, Woodman Arms - Robert Taylor. William Wyrill was the village policeman - he was posted to Swainby later in the decade. Horatio Taylor who lived in Normanby Mill was a Blacksmith & Corn Grinder - tragedy struck the family later in the year when one of his children aged 3 years died after being burnt.
  Free School Act - prior to this time pupils paid 1d (0.4p) per week.

Normanby High Street Normanby Hall c.1710 © Teesside Archives The Old Mill


  Durham coal miners went on strike in March. There was great hardship in the area. Iron works closed as there was no coal to feed the furnaces. With no furnaces working ironstone was not needed so, due to the strike, Normanby Mine was closed in April. Soup served to people affected had nourishing ingredients.
  Miss Frances Raw, a former housekeeper for Dr Townsend at Normanby, won a Breach of Promise case .
  A boy from Normanby - Stephen Emmerson - met a sad and horrible death in Normanby Brick Works. He lived on Barnaby Moor. (second report of fatality .)
  Pollution of Cross Beck: Eston Board agreed that because "they had been treated in anything but a courteous manner" by the Normanby Board there was no alternative than to proceed with the forthcoming County Court action against Normanby Board.


  Houses and a shop in Cleveland, Laird & Parrington Streets sold to a Mr Perrin for £525.
  Pollution of Cross Beck: a legal judgement was made - it was decided that Normanby Board had to bear the costs of a new sewer.
  George Smith Hoggarth age 16 died after playing football - finding of the Coroners Inquest .


  Fatal accident in Normanby Mine: Samuel Shone from Normanby age 74 a Deputy in the mine - injury to chest by a fall of balk while drawing timber - accident 11th August died 23rd August.   (In the 1891 census Samuel Shawn was living at 3 Mason Street, Normanby with his wife Ann a baker aged 73 & step-daughter Ruth Coates age 34)
[For more information on this accident see report at the
Durham Mining Museum  website which also records 11 other deaths at the Normanby Mine from 1866 to 1894 including a 13 year old.]


  In January Normanby Board applied to change name to The South Bank & Normanby Council. In May North Riding of Yorkshire County Council recommended a change of name.
  Bricks manufactured in Normanby Brick Works used in the construction of St.Lukes Asylum, Middlesbrough .
  Four cottages in Lambton Street auctioned for £270 .

Normanby Brickworks

Saint Helen's Church

Brick from Normanby Brick & Tile Co


  John D Westgarth declared bankrupt.


  Winnifred Tratthen (age 5) from Lambton Street murdered by Thomas Edward Lloyd Cheney (son of Thomas Cheney the landlord of the Cleveland Hotel, Nomanby). He was detained in an asylum following trial at Leeds Assizes .
  Large crowds pay their respects at the Eston cemetery for the very sad funeral of Winnie Tratthen .
  The Normanby Board voted to send an address to Queen Victoria on the occasion of her Jubilee. It was to be in vellum and costs had not to exceed one guinea (£1.10).
  The Board ordered notice boards for Flatts Lane warning people not to tip rubbish.
  Bricks manufactured in Normanby Brickworks used in new extension of Trinity Presbyterian Chapel, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.


  Sale of land in Normanby & Eston by the Crossbeck Estate.
The auction notice   lists the lots including Crossbeck Mansion House, Hewley House, Crossbeck Terrace and plots of building land as shown on the auctioneer's map .


  Normanby Mine closed 20th October as the mineral (iron ore) was exhausted. In 1896 the mine had employed 60 workers: 49 below ground & 11 surface workers.
    [was the photograph taken at the time of the mine closure?]   Boer War began: one Normanby man who saw active service was William Westgarth - in 1900 he was injured in the battle of Belmont.
  The Empire Theatre in Middlesbrough was opened. Some of the bricks used in its construction were manufactured at Normanby Brickworks.

© 2011 Joan Outhwaite.   Normanby History Group

Cleveland Hotel Normanby

Crossbeck House Normanby Normanby miners