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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: - -

22 December 2015 -- Video - two additions:-
- Interior of restored St.Helen’s Church at Beamish Museum
- Bagpiper at our 2014 Normanby LHG Exhibition.

14 December 2015--Past Events  & Photo Gallery
Our group’s visit to St.Helen’s Church Opening -
on Sunday 15th November at Beamish Museum.

7 December 2015 -- Past Events  & Photo Gallery
Remembrance Day Service held by our group at -
11am on Wed 11th November at Normanby War Memorial.

27 October 2015 - - Photo Gallery
A new Gallery of "Past & Present" photos
- from our group’s 2012 Calendar.

20 October 2015 - - Publications
Our Group's 2016 calendar of Normanby Past & Present -
- is now available for purchase locally and by post

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 2016

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

Our next Annual Exhibition will be held in
July 2016 in Normanby Methodist Church.

  Further information wll be provided when available
on our Events  page.

Bridge Cracked

Saint Helen’s Church Opening - Sunday 15th November 2015

  Saint Helen's Church started as a 12th century Chapel of Ease, became a parish church, then a cemetery chapel.
  In 1985 it closed, was vandalized and ruined, eventually dismantled in 1998 and remnants moved to Beamish Museum.
  From 2011 to 2012 the museum rebuilt the main fabric of the church but more funding had to be raised to restore the interior.
  Members of our history group were pleased to be invited to the opening of the restored church on 15th November 2015 to see the splendid achievement of Beamish Museum.
  See more details on our Past Events  page.

Saint Helen's Church 2015

Remembrance Day Service - Wednesday 11th November 2015

  A Remembrance Day Service at Normanby War Memorial (on the corner of the High St and West St) was organised by our group at 11am on Wednesday 11th November 2015.
  Reverend Huw Sperring led the Act of Remembrance.
  We started gathering at the Memorial at 10.40-10.45am.
  After the service refreshments were made available at the Normanby Methodist Church (Corner of Cleveland and Patten Streets).
  Report can be found on our Past Events  page.

Normanby War Memorial

ANOTHER SUCCESS!! 13th Annual Exhibition - Saturday 18th July 2015

  The Normanby Local History Group's recent annual exhibition was held at Normanby Methodist Church as usual.
  The main theme of the exhibition was Normanby of a hundred years ago - more or less.
  It was a great day - the weather was reasonably fine - and we were really pleased to welcome so many visitors interested in Normanby’s past.
  Once again the group thanks everyone who put in such a lot of hard work to make the day a success (including several local residents not even members!)
  More information can be found on our Past 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 Church Flower Festival - Whit Weekend 23rd to 25th May 2015

  The Normanby Local History Group provided one of the many flower displays at this festival held to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the new Church which replaced one that had stood on the corner of Cleveland Street with Patten Street for over 100 years.
  The beautiful floral displays were much admired and appreciated by all who attended and many thanks are due to all the display arrangers, sponsors - and especially to the organisers of this festival.

  More information can be found on our Past Events  page.

2015 Flower Festival Poster

Group Members’ Visit to Ripon Museums - 13 May 2015

   Members of our group spent a sunny day at Ripon visiting the museums and whatever else took our fancy!
   It was a very interesting and informative day which we all enjoyed.

  More information can be found on our Past Events  page.


Normanby LHG Trip to Ripon Museums

"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

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