EDITORIAL – Watering Places – Redcar, Marske, Saltburn.
Accreditation the Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 16/06/1871.
WATERING PLACES – REDCAR, MARSKE:
Extract from Elfin’s Letter in the Newcastle Chronicle.
I paid a brief visit last week to the Cleveland watering places, Redcar, Marske, and Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar and Coatham are now joined by streets and terraces of handsome houses stop the new detached villas are picturesque and extremely artistic edifices. The old cottage residences by the sea are being rapidly superseded by a large three-storey houses, and the Esplanade at is as broad and handsome, a marine drive as I have seen. There are many excellent shops in Redcar. It has quite a superior class of hotel accommodation, it’s railway station is also being enlarged and improved, and altogether the place appears determined to hold its own against its more aristocratic neighbour, Saltburn-by-the-Sea. The town is remarkably neat and clean; its streets are broad, ample, and well kept, and swept in all directions with refreshing sea breezes. The village of Marske is also greatly improving. It is a charming place with pleasant rural surroundings, and some of the finest parts of Cleveland district are accessible from it. Saltburn is a sort of Triton amongst watering places. It has quite an imperial air. Its mansions and hotels are palatial in their proportions, and I should say that the pleasure grounds laid out by the Saltburn, Commissioners offer as fine an example of landscape gardening as we have in this part of the country. The cliffs in the neighbourhood of Saltburn are bald and majestic. Huntcliffe Foot is a noble head land with the high never tires of resting upon. Nature has been very bountiful to Saltburn, and it is creditable to those who have the administration of the affairs of the place and that they have taken every advantage of its fine natural features to make it a daylight to visitors. There is an extremely fine pier for a promenade, and a hoist to lift visitors from the sands onto the cliff upon which the town is situated. The Zetland Hotel which was raised at a cost of £40,000, is a palace, and the AlexandraHotel is a noble edifice, obtaining above 100 rooms. In its incipient stage, Saltburn was excessively exclusive and aristocratic, and the railway company kept the trippers five or six miles away at Redcar stop Saltburn, however, was likely to die of dignity, and a more liberal policy now prevails with regard to general visitors to this gem of the North Yorkshire. Saltburn is already possessed of a cottage hospital, and it is directing an institution for convalescence, which will bear comparison with our Prudho Convalescent Home at Whitley. It is immediately adjacent to Hazel Grove, a secluded retreat, where in five minutes visitor from Saltburn may plunge into a romantic woodland dell, full of hart’s tongue and other firms – altogether one of the most delightful little spots it has been my good fortune to find within is so short a distance of the sea-shore
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