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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: 21 Apr 2015

Most Recent Page Updates: - -

11 July 2015 - - Articles
  Three new articles:
    "Saint Helen’s Parish Registers & Cemetery"
    "Saint Helen’s PR - Surnames 1590-1595" (transcript)
    "Saint Helen’s PR - Marriages 1590-1837" (transcript)
  Based on the researches of Sylvia Fairbrass.

7 July 2015 - - Events
  Updated info on our next Normanby LHG Annual Exhibition
    to be held on Saturday 18th July 2015.

29 May 2015 - - Past Events  & Photo Gallery
  of the Flower Festival at Normanby Methodist Church
    held on on Whit Weekend 23rd to 25th May 2015.

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 2015

Regular monthly meetings - see our Events  page.

Our next Annual Exhibition  will be held on
Saturday 18th July 2015 in Normanby Methodist Church
between 10am and 1pm.

  More information can be found on our Events  page.

2015 Exhibition Poster

"Saint Helen’s Parish Registers & Cemetery" - 11 July 2015

  These 3 new articles are based on the researches of Sylvia Fairbrass into the Parish Registers of Saint Helen’s Church and of its churchyard which was extended to form the Eston & Normanby Cemetery.
  This information was augmented with associated research by Sylvia and includes her transcripts of available parish registers.
  These articles are titled:
    "Saint Helen’s Parish Registers & Cemetery"
    "Saint Helen’s PR - Surnames 1590-1595" (transcript)
    "Saint Helen’s PR - Marriages 1590-1837" (transcript)

See these Articles  on St Helen’s Church, Normanby.

St Helen’s Church Cemetery

"Normanby Methodist Youth Club" - 2 March 2015

  This article shows a photograph from our archives taken in the 1950s of Members of the Normanby Methodist Youth Club.
  The names of most of those shown have been identified by Normanby residents.
    Anyone with further information on the Youth Club & its members is asked to contact us.

See this Article  on Normanby.

Normanby Methodist Youth Club 1950s

"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.


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 items in Previous News & Articles.

Normanby WW1 Memorial Walk

Previous News & Articles

  All those prior to June 2014 have been moved to a separate page so as to keep this home page more timely.

See Previous News & Articles from 2011 to 2014.

St.Helen's Vestry rebuild at Beamish