Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Redcar, Coatham and Saltburn - Tweddell's Visitor's Guide 1863


A book by George Markham Tweddell 1863 with a historical and descriptive account of places of interest in the neighbourhood suitable for rambles. First edition published in 1850 - this being the 2nd edition

Download the book below or read on line via Google Books

by Peter Proletarius 1863 (Aka George Markham Tweddell - Stokesley)
From his book 'A Visitor's Guide to Redcar, Coatham and Saltburn by the Sea'

"Redcar! upon thy firm, smooth sands I love
To loiter in the pleasant Summer time,
When Phoebus drives his fiery wain aloft,
And zephyrs waft the fragrance of the vale,
Mix'd with the coolness of old Ocean's breath,
Acceptable alike to youth and age,
Joy to the hale, and healing to the ill.
See what a fleet of vessels gaily glide,
Like graceful swans, upon the glassy sea,
Bringing the riches of each foreign land
In happy exchange for our industry.
Another day, perchance on angry waves
These ships will toss; grim Neptune in his rage,
Like raving madman, striving to destroy
All that hath taken years of toil to make.
But now in calm the sea-god seems to sleep,
And Cleveland's maidens in the limpid waves,
Bathe their fair limbs, as Dian did of old;
Whilst the sands sparkle, as with diamonds strewn."

Peter Proletarius (Aka George Markham Tweddell - Stokesley)

Below are some postcards...

Here is a link to the download of this book on Google books or view it on line via this pdf.

Below are some interesting postcard views of Redcar from, I think, after the turn of the 19thC. The stamp is dated September 1925 but I think the postcard's are older.

They were sent by Harry Parsons of Thornaby to Winifred Hackworth - a decedent of Timothy Hackworth, the Shildon Railway engineer and was in the collection of my kids grandmother - Joan Hackworth Weir.

Many more old postcards of Redcar can be found on the Redcar Pier facebook page

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