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Time line 19th and 20th century 


Time Line – Nunthorpe 19th century


1801   Nunthorpe Hall Built in regency style.

 1822   Nunthorpe in Parish of Great Ayton. Population 110.

 1824   Chapel of Saint Mary built in gothic style added to Nunthorpe Hall.

 1850   Isaac Wilson   entrepreneur moves to Nunthorpe Hall

 1853   Opening of Middlesbrough – Guisborough Railway.

 1854   Isaac Wilson becomes Mayor of Middlesbrough.

 1855   Nunthorpe's first school built by Isaac Wilson

 1865   Grosmont – Picton railway connection opened.

 1865   Grey Towers built by William Innes Hopkins

 1867  William Innes Hopkins elected Mayor of Middlesbrough

 1868  William Innes Hopkins elected for second year as Mayor of Middlesbrough.     

During this period he received Prince Arthur at the opening of Albert Park.

 1879 First Post Office opened in Nunthorpe Village....prior to this Great Ayton closest.

 1879  William Hopkins after leading lavish life style falls on hard times following the Tay Bridge disaster ..Hopkins company had supplied the iron work for the Tay Bridge

1879 Grey Towers with 390 acres put up for auction but withdrawn at £30,000.

 1880 Hopkins Company goes into liquidation.

 1895 Grey Towers home of Sir Arthur Dorman and family 1895-1930’s.

 1899 Death of  Isaac Wilson.

 1899 Nunthorpe Hall briefly occupied by Joseph Albert Pease M.P. The Pease family crest carved above main entrance.


Time Line  Nunthorpe 20th century


1900 Nunthorpe’s Social life included dances held in barns of High Farm  -now the site The Avenue Junior School.

 1900 Nunthorpe continues to expand around the station area.

 1903 Sir Arthur Dorman builds the new school and schoolhouse in (Church Lane), as old school was inadequate for the growing needs of   Nunthorpe’s expanding population.

1904 Sir Arthur Dorman honoured with Freedom of Middlesbrough.

 1904 Dorman Memorial Musuem and Albert Park built by Sir Arthur Dorman as a memorial to his youngest son George Lockwood Dorman who died in 1901 in the Boer War

 1908  Nunthorpe Bowling Club opens on  land between what is now Rookwood Road and Connaught Road bought for the community by John Ackroyd who charged a peppercorn rent on condition no alcohol consumed on the premises. ref page 15 Queenie Ward’s book.

 1908  “unofficial “shops opened. Fosters at 17 Marton Moor Road, Princes at 12 Rookwood Road. (Access through their back doors!!)

 1911 Congregationalist Church built in Rookwood Road. Foundation stone laid by A.J. Dorman Methodists also worshipped there.

 1911.   Records indicate that Nunthorpe station staff handled 349 polo ponies .These were then ridden down to the polo field

 1913 Red Cottage, Guisborough Road  listed in Kelly’s directory as home of Frederick Hansen and Marion Coates Hansen, suffragette and Middlesbrough Councillor

 1914  Nunthorpe changes from being  part of the ecclesiastical parish of Great Ayton and becomes a separate and larger parish by adding to it parts of the parish of Marton, Ormesby and Great Ayton.

 1914 Contract given to Messrs John Thompson and Sons Ltd to build a new Church of England church.

 1914  -1918   War Years. Nunthorpe War Memorial records  names of Nunthorpe   men who gave  their lives.   

1918 End of First World War. 

1920  Nunthorpe Institute erected in Connaught Road. This building had begun as a First World War Army Hut in Stewart Park.

1924 New Nunthorpe Parish formed with an estimated population of 750 persons.

 1926  Foundation stone laid for new church of St Mary The Virgin. by Sir Arthur Dorman.Contract given to Messrs John Thompson. Cost for Building risen  by 250% to £12,500.

1926 St Marys Church dedicated.  Old schoolmasters house becomes vicarage. 

1926 Nunthorpe’s first Garage opened 

1926 Old Schoolmasters House became Vicarage. 

1930 O ‘Neill family, owners of Nuntorpe Hall give Cricket field to Nunthorpe (now upper part of Sports field ) Wooden Pavilion built

 1931 14th February   Death of Sir Arthur Dorman.  A syndicate of buyers purchased Grey Towers together with 77 acres of parkland for £4,500.

 1931 December. Alderman T.G. Poole purchased the house and land for £7,000 and presented the house and land to Middlesbrough for use as a sanatorium for tuberculosis sufferers.

 1932 Priests stall and panelled choir seating installed in St Mary's church as a gift from Lady Dorman in memory of her husband.

 1932   Poole Hospital opened by Mrs Pool (See copy of souvenir programme 

1932  “Wilsons” in Rookwood Road opened.

1932 Post Office opened

 1935 Greengrocer opened 

1934 Nunthorpe Bowling Club moves to new premises near Nunthorpe Railway Station.

 1936 Methodist Church purchased Rookwood Road chapel

 1938  Foundation stone laid for Poole Hospital

 1945 New Poole Sanitorium built.

 1947 Childrens  Ward opened at Poole Hospital

  1939 Shops built in station area

 1939- 1945  War Years

 Nunthorpe was  one of the areas around Teesside that protected the steel works and munitions factories from enemy bombs with anti-aircraft guns stationed near Nunthorpe Village at  the junction between Stokesley and Ayton Road.

German Bombs fell harmlessly in a Nunthorpe field. Army manoeuvres carried out in Nunthorpe

Railway line often used when roads blocked with snow.

May 19th 1944Armoured Division passed along main road.

Nunthorpe ‘Dig for Victory’ at allotments on waste ground behind railway yard and behind shops.

 1947   St Marys Church Lynch Gate  Built as a memorial to all men of the parish who lost their lives in World War Two.

Street Lighting comes to Nunthorpe.

 1950 Marton Moor Estate built. 

 1958    Wimpy connects the Avenue to Gypsy Lane.

1959 Avenue County Primary School opened. Built by North Yorkshire County Council.

 1959  Increased population in Nunthorpe necessitates in New Methodist Church.  Active local residents project to contribute to build cost of £33,000 .Residents  asked to find as much as possible towards balance. rest met by Middlesbrough Circuit

 1960  Nunthorpe Primary School  in Guisborough Road opened. 

 1961 September 16th 1961.Methodist Church opened in Connaught Road. 

1963 Avenue School built by North Riding County Council

 1963 Nunthorpe Secondary School Opened became Comprehensive from 1973. Now in Borough of Redcar and Cleveland but open access to all Nunthorpe children

1965  Lady Harrison of Red Cottage donated 8.75 acres of her land on Guisborough Road to the communities of Nunthorpe, Marton and part of Ormesby for use as community playing fields.

 1966    Nunthorpe Library Opened at a cost of £16,300 r

Replacing the Institute in Connaught  Road, used since  1960

 1968    Teesside County  Borough formed. Now included the two newly formed districts of Middlesbrough and Langbaugh. The Middlesbrough to Whitby railway line chosen as the Ward boundary.

 1972   Avenue School Opens a new Junior Department.

 1973    St Bernadette’s Roman Catholic School opened.

 1974    Cleveland County Council replaced Teesside County Borough

 1976    Chandlers Ridge Primary School Opened. 

1986    Nunthorpe Parish Council established.

 1988   The Box, Guisborough Road  controversially demolished. Previous owners include Mr and Mrs Gerald Cochrane, owners of Cochrane’s Iron Works and  lifelong benefactors and workers for  North Ormesby Hospital.

 1990   Poole Hospital closed.

 1994   Poole hospital   grounds and bulldings, now  seriously  neglected damaged by deliberate arson attack

 1999   Nunthorpe Library closed.

 2002   Nuntorpe Residential Home for The Elderly opened.

2004   Nunthorpe Community Council formed.

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