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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.
  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.

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 Message Board Update: 17 November 2013

Most Recent Page Updates: - -

7 September 2014 - - Events   & new Photo Gallery
Remembering Normanby Men on 4th August the Centenary of Great War - with link to new Photo Gallery of this floral tribute.

29 July 2014 - - Past Events   & new Photo Gallery
Report on our 12th Anniversary Exhibition of 12th July
- with a link to a new Photo Gallery of this exhibition.

21 July 2014 - - Articles  on Normanby
New Article: "Normanby Ironstone Mine"
- Eric Barker's account of our local mine & miners.

21 July 2014 - - Appeals  for help
Updated Appeal: Normanby Miners - who are they?
- Eric Barker's feedback helps naming some miners in photo -
- as eventually shown in new article announced above.

10 July 2014 - - Publications
New booklet: "In Memory of the Men of Normanby"
- research on the 34 names on Normanby WW1 Memorial.


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

Latest News and Articles

Planned Events for 2014

  Monday 4th August 2014 - Remembering Normanby Men....
...on the centenary of the start of the Great War.

  More information can be found on our Events  page.

Normanby War Memorial Sunflowere

"Normanby Ironstone Mine" - 22 July 2014

  This article by Eric Barker covers the history & location of our local ironstone mine.
  It was written as a result of Eric responding to a 2011 Appeal   by Joan Outhwaite for the names of the miners in a photo that she displayed at one of our exhibitions.
  So the opportunity was taken to combine this new information into the article.

See this Article  on Normanby.

Normanby Miners - Who Are They?

GREAT SUCCESS!! 12th Annual Exhibition - Saturday 12th July 2014

  The Normanby Local History Group's recent annual exhibition was held at Normanby Methodist Church as usual.
  Monday 4th August 2014 is the centenary of the start of the Great War - so the theme of our exhibition was based on WW1 & WW2 Normanby connections.
  It was a great day - the weather was fine again - and we were really pleased to see so many interested visitors.
  Once again the group thanks everyone who put in such a lot of hard work to make the day a success (including several local folks not even members!)
  More information can be found on our Past Events  page.

RAF BoBMF Spitfire LFXVIE TE311

NEW booklet!!
"In Memory of the Men of Normanby
---- Who in The Great War 1914-1918 gave their lives for their country" - 10 July 2014

  Our group's eighth booklet records the extensive research about the 34 brave local men whose names appear on the Normanby War Memorial.

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.

Picture Of Bob Coulson and Eric Taylor's 1st Booklet

British Legion Memorial Walk - 23 June 2014

  Members of Normanby Local History Group met with Eric Howden from the Royal British Legion as his sponsored Memorial Walk  reached Normanby on the morning of Saturday 14th June.   A crowd gathered at the WWI Memorial as a dedication was made to those who fought so that people now may be free.   Crosses with Remembrance poppies on them were placed at the Memorial and donations were made to the Royal British Legion.   A commemorative vase was placed at the foot of the Memorial which contained poppies and a sunflower.
  A new Photo Gallery of this event has been added.

See also next two News items below.

Normanby WW1 Memorial Walk

Remembering Normanby Men... - 1 June 2014

  Normanby Local History Group will be distributing sunflowers to blossom around Normanby in memory of the men of Normanby who did not return home from all wars.
  On Monday August 4th the 34 men named on the Normanby World War I Memorial at the High Street end of West Street will be remembered at the Memorial by having their names attached to 34 specially grown sunflowers.

See next News item below.

Normanby War Memorial Sunflowere

"Normanby WW1 Fallen" - 22 April 2014

  This article is based on a printed article written in 2003 by the late Bob Coulson.   It is reproduced here by kind permission of his family.
  There are now 34 names listed on the war memorial on the wall of No.1 The Jennings in Normanby.
  Bob researched the brave local men who volunteered when their country needed them in the Great War of 1914-1918 and sadly were not to see Normanby again.
  [Since 2003 much more information has become available both in archives & online.   So additions & amendments have been made by members of the Normanby Local History Group.
  This is the first attempt at converting Bob Coulson's printed article into online media with links to other relevant websites.
  Further changes will be made as information becomes available.]

See this Article  on Normanby.





Normanby War Memorial

GREAT NEWS!! RAF Flypast Confirmed! - 20 March 2014

  Our chairman has received confirmation from the RAF that we will have a flypast this year by another Spitfire!
  So Saturday 12th July 2014 will be the date for Normanby Local History Group's next annual exhibition.
  More information can be found on our Past Events  page.

RAF BoBMF Silver Spitfire LFIXe MK356

"Killora and the Townsend Family" - 30 January 2014

  This article is based on research by Dr A John Willmott who worked for BISRA when it was based at the house in Normanby called Killora.
  From the late 19th century this house was the family home of Dr. Townsend and where he held his practice.
  Sadly this family lost two of their sons in the Great War - their names appear on the war memorial in Normanby.

See this Article  on Normanby.

Killora - Appleby, Hope and Mathews


Previous News & Articles

  All those pior to 2014 have been moved to a seperate page so as to keep this home page more timely.

See Previous News & Articles from 2013, 2012 & 2011.

St.Helen's Vestry rebuild at Beamish