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The Normanby Local History Group

  The Normanby Local History Group is a non-profit making collection of people who are interested in keeping the rich history of this small area in the North East of England alive for future generations to enjoy.

What We Do

  We research and uncover: archive records, photographs, artefacts and living memories of everything that has created the community of Normanby that we live or have lived in.

  We produce publications  including calendars, postcards, prints and booklets on some fascinating subjects about Normanby including Spencer Hardwick's brilliant booklets on life growing up in Normanby gained from his 90 years of living here along with Eric Armstrong's booklet on The Poverina Pub, the Old Mill and Richardson's Brewery.

  We hold monthly meetings  as well as other events   including exhibitions of our work and collections usually at the Normanby Methodist Church.  Coach trips for our members are organised to visit museums, etc within a 90 minute drive from Normanby.
  You are very welcome to come along and see what we do.

Our Website

  This website is to act as an online magazine where new and interesting articles  on Normanby can be published and new material discovered with your help.

  You can add your memories of Normanby to our moderated Message Board  and we welcome any photographs that you may have and are willing to share with us.

  You can view other parts of our website by ’clicking’ on any underlined italics text which provide links to other pages.   These links turn pale-yellow when you move the cursor over them - then you can ’click’.   Start your exploration via the links in the main Menu bar at the top of each page.

Our facebook Page

  This provides regular information on our group's events and activities as well as timely reports of local events together with great photos and videos too!   See our facebook  page.









Where We Are

  Normanby began as a small village in the North Riding of the county of Yorkshire. This county was succeeded (for Normanby) in 1968 by the county borough of Teesside which only lasted six years until 1974 when absorbed into the new county of Cleveland - itself abolished in 1996.
  So Normanby is now in the borough of Redcar & Cleveland     (within the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire).
  Nevertheless traditionalists consider Normanby still lies within the North Riding of Yorkshire.

Area We Cover

  The Normanby Local History Group covers the geographical area from the top of the Eston hills northwards to the river Tees foreshore at South Bank.   Spencer Beck forms the Western boundary, with Crossbeck forming the ancient Eastern boundary.   However we have extended our area of research eastwards to include Woodgarth and Old Eston.

Pic 04 Methodist chapel from turn of 20th Century

Last Update of Message Board: 10 Apr 2019

Most Recent Page Updates: - -

22 November 2019 - Photo Gallery
- added 4 new galleries of photos from 4 previous calendars
- our photo galleries re-organised to become sub-galleries
within group galleries such as ’Calendars’ & ’Exhibitions’.

9 November 2019 - Past Events  & Photo Gallery
Group Members’ Trip on Thur 19th Sep 2019 to Sunderland
- visiting Museum & Winter Gardens in Mowbray Park,
- & National Glass centre.

24 October 2019 - Video
All of our videos moved to Video page -
- and removed from Photo Galleries -
- to avoid some problems of videos in the galleries.

20 October 2019 - Events
Normanby Remembrance Day Service -
- 11am on Monday 11th November 2019.

5 October 2019 - Past Events  & Photo Gallery
Report on our 17th Anniversary Exhibition of 13th July -
- with photo gallery of the visitors and research displays.

25 September 2019 - Publications
Publication of our new 2020 Calendar of
- pictures of "Normanby Past & Present".

29 July 2019 - Past Events  & Photo Gallery
Group Members’ Trip on Wed 24th Jun 2019 to Great Ayton for
- All Saints Church, Cook Family Memorial Garden &
- Captain Cook School Museum.

22 July 2019 - Articles - Update
Eston Grammar School 1963 Year Book of photographs
- of staff & classes with names. Updates since March 2019:
- names in Classes B, E, F, I, J, K, N, O, P, V, 3, 4.

See all the Previous Page Updates.

  Map of GB showing North East of England       Map of NE England showing Normanby location Pic 05 Buxtons Store

Planned Events for 2019

Regular meetings on 4th Wednesday of each month
- see our Events  page.

11th Hour of 11th Day of 11th Month
    Monday 11th November 2019
      - Remembrance Day Service

  Our Normanby Local History Group has organised a short Remembrance Day Service on Monday the 11th November 2019 at the Normanby Great War Memorial (corner of High Street & Cleveland Street).
  Those wishing to participate should assemble at the Normanby War Memorial at 10:45am.
  Our local chapel minister Reverend Christopher Wood-Archer will lead the service with Lieutenant Kathryn Stowers.
  After the service participants will be provided with refreshments at Normanby Methodist Church.
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  For details of all previous events - see Past Events  page.

Latest News and Articles

New Publication!!
2020 Calendar of "Normanby Past & Present" - 25 September 2019  

  Our group's calendars have always been popular and we have just published our new 2020 calendar.
  Once again this depicts pictures of Normanby scenes "Past & Present" taken from nearly the same viewpoints.
  So you can check whether our village has changed - or hasn't!
   Please note that this calendar is the same price as last year which sold out!

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.






2020 Normanby Calendar

Group Members’ Visit to Sunderland - 17 Sep 2019  

   Members of our group went to Sunderland by coach to spend the day exploring its history and collections.
   We went to the Museum & Winter Gardens in Mowbray Park & finished at the National Glass Centre on the waterfront.

  More information (and a link to a gallery of photos)
can be found on our Past Events  page.


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Normanby LHG Trip to Sunderland - Winter Gardens

Group Members’ Visit to Great Ayton - 24 Jun 2019  

   Members of our group spent the morning visiting Great Ayton.
   We visited All Saints Church, the Cook Family Memorial Garden and the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum.
   Residents and members of the local history group welcomed us and provided a wealth of additional knowledge.

  More information (and a link to a gallery of photos)
can be found on our Past Events  page.


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Normanby LHG Trip to Great Ayton - All Saints Church

Reg Lawrence:
Sad News from Normanby Local History Group - 7 Jan 2019  

  Our group’s oldest member Harold Reginald Lawrence passed away peacefully on 23rd December in hospital in Newark.
  Reg had been ill for some time and has been living with his daughter in Newark.
  He was a founder member of the Group and was 95 years old.
  The funeral service was held in Normanby Methodist Chapel at 11am on Friday 18th January, followed by cremation at 12:00 at the Redcar Kirkleatham Crematorium.
  Members from our group attended the service.
  Following the cremation refreshments were provided back at the Normanby Methodist Chapel.   

  Please click on the images opposite to see a larger image !


Previous News & Articles

  All those prior to 2019 have been moved to a separate pages so as to keep this home page more timely.

See Previous News & Articles from 2011 to 2018.

St.Helen's Vestry rebuild at Beamish