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History of the Area

Image1Our journey starts at Whitecliffe Academy where many children from Carlin How, Skinningrove and other areas of East Cleveland attend; over the road is the grounds of which the old and burnt down Trivoli theatre stood. It was made from corrugated iron and housed music halls and theatre productions. It was burnt down in 1914 from German bombers! Unfortunately, this amazing building had to be knocked down.

In the place of the Trivoli theatre sat two air raid shelters used by the village. The air raid shelters were Image2knocked down in the 1970’s. Now sits a small grassed area used by the villagers as a place to sit.




In Carlin How square there are a number of shops. These include the PosImage3t Office, hairdressers and Carlin How Fisheries, which is sat on the edge of the square. This is very different to Carlin How Square from 50 years back were you would have seen the Co-op. At the end of the square you can see the cenotaph. The cenotaph is a memorial for all the people who died in World Wars 1 and 2.


Over the road from the Cenotaph is the railway line this is used by the Skinningrove works and Boulby Potash. The station was called Skinningrove station even though it was situated inImage4 Carlin How. The station was closed to passengers in 1952. It ran from Hull to Newcastle on selected routes. About 4 trains ran through a day. Skinningrove station has totally gone now and all that remains are a few rocks.


We are now in what the villagers call “bottom end”. Over the road from where you look at the old Skinningrove station is a derelict house. This was once the primitive Methodist chapel, it opened in the late 1800’s and closed in 1956 . The footpath leading past the Primitive Methodist church is known by the younger generation as Angie’s bank. It is also known as Cleveland street, to some of the older generation they will know it by the name “pit bank”.

Image5This is a day of one of Carlin How’s gala days, the top left is the house. As you continue along Mount Pleasant you cannot miss the Carlin How Works. Carlin How works has had a large life line as it started of as Skinningrove iron ore works, then British steel. After that, it turned to Corus and then TATA Steel.


As you walk past the steel works you come across a row of houses called mount pleasant. This is oImage6ne of the oldest rows of houses in Carlin How. The first house has a plaque on the wall saying Mount pleasant. the end house is the same.



Image7At the end of Mount Pleasant is a seat, on this seat you used to be able to see the sea but over the last 100 years, trees have grown and they block the view. If you look straight forward from the car park you see a church – Saint Helen’s church.


The son of the steel work owner was killed in the Boer war. Now, standing proud against Skinningrove is Image8a stained glass window to commemorate the son of the Dorman family; that lost his life. This is a picture of the stained glass window. The church is over 100 years old and was built by the people, for the people of Carlin How.



Image9The furnace cottages were right near the cliff. On the Carlin How skyline there were 3 furnaces, like the ones at Middlesbrough. This row of houses has now dissolved into the works.Image10





Image11In Carlin How square you will see the Maynard Arms, which is located in Carlin How square on Kilton Lane, was originally built in 1861 and knocked down in 1901, then built back up again in the year 1913 when it was fully built.



Maynard Arms 2011 Sykes house is the oldest house in Carlin How dating back to the late 1850’s, it is Image12situated next to the park and the MUGA. In the late 1800’s it was a farm it has gone through over 23 owners.



Image13Outside Sykes house there used to be three tennis courts. Now the courts are just gardens. To the left is a picture of the tennis courts and you can just see Sykes house in the background. The house, unlike many houses in Carlin How has never been rebuilt.


Just down the street from Whitecliffe Primary School is the Carlin How doorstep green, next to the parkImage14 is a MUGA (multi use games area), the park has an obstacle course, swingsImage15, sea-saw and a slide.

The MUGA has been used for sports activities and for the schools friendly football and hockey matches. The park was built in 2002.

The Working Men’s Club is situated on the road to Brotton and had its hundredth year anniversary in 2011. The club has not changed since it was first built in 1911.