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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: 8 Apr 2016

Most Recent Page Updates: - -

6 June 2016 - - Publications
New booklet: "Story of a Nobody" - an autobiography
- Dick Clark born 1914 in Eston was made a POW but
- incorrectly reported as Killed in Action so lost his identity!

5 April 2016 - - Publications
6 new postcards now available
- depicting old scenes of Normanby.

30 January 2016 - - Latest News  & Photo Gallery
News item and a new Gallery of photos old and new
- on the closure of our Co-op store after 90 years.

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.

Annual Exhibition - Don't Miss It!!
Our next Annual Exhibition will be held on
Saturday 9th July 2016 in Normanby Methodist Church.

  Further information is available
on our Events  page.

Bridge Cracked

Latest booklet!!
"Story of a Nobody" - 6 June 2016

  Our group's ninth booklet records the story of Richard (Dick) Clark born 1918 in California, Eston.
  In June 2014 on a Normanby LHG outing to the Eden Camp Museum at Malton group member Kester Marsh noticed a poster in a former Prisoner of War hut mentioning that Dick Clark the Eston born soldier had been a POW but official errors had led to him being listed as killed in action with the subsequent "loss" of his identity.
  Kester decided to find out more about the "Man with No Name" and through his researches eventually contacted 96 year old Dick (in Canada) who told him of his interesting autobiography and the attempts to retrieve his identity by correcting the official records.
  With Dick's blessing his story is published in this booklet to ensure it is not forgotten.  Also included are "My Life as a Prisoner of War" (his secret diary as a POW), copies of documents of his army life and subsequent letters used in restoring his correct service history - and so regaining his identity!

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.

Picture Of Richard Clark & Kester Marsh's Booklet

New Publication!!
Six New Postcards - Tuesday 5th April 2016

  Our group has produced 6 new postcards depicting views of Normanby in times past which may well bring back your memories of our village.
  One view (shown here) is of our original Normanby Co-op store - its successor closed in January.

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.

Postcard Of Normanby Co-op in 1964

Normanby Co-op Store Closes - Saturday 30th January 2016

  Our Co-op has been an integral part of Normanby life since early 1930s - the original shop is shown here - eventually replaced by the modern supermarket.
  Very sadly its doors have closed after some 80 years.
  Many Normanby folk will miss this store, especially elderly people who find it difficult to walk very far and those who don't drive - it is a huge loss for Normanby.
  There are rumours about what will happen to the Co-op site:
an Iceland store or a pub or even cleared by the Council to make way for a new road layout - but no-one knows.
  We hope all the Co-op staff manage to get work elsewhere and we wish them all the very best for the future.

  Photos of the original store and photos taken by Amanda Proud on the last day of opening can be seen on our Photo Gallery.

If you have any more photos or memorabilia of our Co-op or memories to relate -
          - then please contact us  !

Normanby Co-op 1961 Normanby Co-op 1961

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