Saltburn established on Victorian vision

PUBLISHED: 18:19 03 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:05 20 February 2013

Saltburn's cliff lift is the oldest remaining of its kind in the UK

Saltburn's cliff lift is the oldest remaining of its kind in the UK

The coastal town of Saltburn, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, has retained both its Victorian grandeur and its popularity as a seaside resort

The coastal town of Saltburn, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, has retained both its Victorian grandeur and its popularity as a seaside resort


Words by Gill Langham. Photographs courtesy of Saltburn 150 and Redcar &
Cleveland Council


Old Saltburn existed as a hamlet of fishermens cottages long before the modern resort of Saltburn that we know today.


It was Victorian entrepreneur Henry Pease, a member of the influential Pease family of Darlington, who visualised the potential in the land surrounding this small settlement and he was the driving force behind the towns initial development.


The arrival of the first steam train from Darlington on August, 17, 1861 - the date traditionally celebrated as the towns birthday - opened up the area for expansion and Saltburn rapidly grew into a thriving seaside resort.


It was during this time that landmarks, including Saltburns pier and cliff lift, were constructed and the Zetland Hotel was built specifically to accommodate holidaymakers arriving by the recently opened railway.


Although the vertical lift was replaced in 1884 and the original pier has now been shortened, much of the towns architecture remains intact and the resort - now also a haven for surfers - is proving as popular as ever.


This year a series of events are being held to mark the towns special 150th anniversary and to celebrate its rich Victorian heritage.


A group of volunteers, Saltburn 150, has been co-ordinating events, which have included a special sea cruise, a real ale festival and a vintage car rally. A new ale - Saltburn 150 - has been brewed for the anniversary and a new stick of Saltburn rock has been created.


To commemorate the occasion, a series of mosaics has been commissioned. Designed by artists Helen Gaunt and Derek Mosey, the five panels depict the history of the town and are being made with the help of residents and visitors to Saltburn. The Saltburn Mosaics are being funded by a combination of sponsorship, grants and donations.


A sponsored climb of Ben Nevis by Philip Thomson, chairman of the Saltburn 150 group, raised 2,600 towards the artwork. The mosaics will be a lasting tribute to the celebrations and depict the history of the town for future generations to enjoy, he explains.


Although festivities have been taking place throughout the year, the main focus of events took place on August 17 - the anniversary of the first trains arrival in the town. The highlight of that historic day was a visit by Captain Nigel Pease, the great grandson of the founder of Saltburn.


We were delighted Captain Pease was able to come and we were able to offer him the opportunity of visiting some of the parts of the town that his great grandfather created. It was a unique occasion, says Philip.


Captain Pease and civic dignitaries from throughout the region were welcomed at the railway station by Marske Brass Band before being given a tour of the town. The tour included a visit to the former home of Captain Peases ancestor on Marine Parade and the Zetland Hotel.
During his visit, Captain Pease unveiled the third town mosaic, which depicts his great grandfather and Alpha Place, the first terrace of houses to be built in the town.


Other events included a croquet match, an art exhibition and the unveiling by Captain Pease of Saltburn Miniature Railway Associations latest engine - appropriately named Saltburn 150.
The celebrations continue this month with a special steam train running on Sunday, October 2, from York, which will travel along the freight line to Boulby, North Yorkshire. With more events planned until the end of 2011, Saltburn residents are making sure the towns 150th year will certainly be one to remember.

For further information about forthcoming events visit the website:
www.saltburn150.org.uk



The print version of this article appeared in the October 2011 issue of North East Life

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