REDCAR – Information For 1874

Accreditation the Redcar & Saltburn News 04/06/1874


     The chief resorts of Visitors in Redcar are in the incomparable sands, extending from Saltburn-by-the-Sea to Tees Bay, a distance of eight miles. In some places they are fully a mile in width at low water. The Sea Wall and Rocks are also much frequented, the latter affording rare opportunities for the study of marine botany. The public buildings of the town are not numerous, the principal being St. Peter’s Church, the Central Hall, and the new Railway Station. The architecture of the Church is that known as perpendicular, though necessarily from the period at which it was built, of a very imperfect kind. There is a noble stained window at the east end. In close proximity of the church stand the Earl of Zetland School’s, built by the liberality of the late Earl of Zetland. They are very neat and tasteful buildings. The new cemetery, in course of being laid out, is situated a short distance from the Church, and contains two very elegant Chapels, one for use by members of the Established Church, and the other for Dissenters. The pier, which was opened on the 2nd June, 1873, is an ornamental structure, and extends from the sea wall or beach right out for a distance of about 1,300 feet, affording a fine promenade for visitors. It is impossible to realise a lovelier scene than is presented on a fine summer day of the sea, the towering hills, and the beetling cliffs of the Cleveland Coast.


     Has greatly improved of late years, and can now boast of some rather striking rows of residences. Coatham Church is a gem of architecture, and is perhaps the only one in these parts that can boast of a lych gate. The interior fittings, pulpit, reredos, &c., are very chaste. All the windows are filled in with scripture subjects. The Convalescent Home is a noble structure in red brick, Gothic in design. The Free Grammar School is a beautiful building and has some rather remarkable architectural features: it is one of the most striking objects in Coatham. The National Schools are well built, but somewhat plain in appearance. At West Coatham there is a decoy for ducks, interesting to students of natural history. The pier and promenade at Coatham is perhaps the most attractive picture to visitors. This magnificent structure, which is now almost completed, extends into the sea a distance of 2,250 feet, terminating on the west sea rocks, and in fine weather forms a delightful promenade. Entertainments are occasionally given in the Music Saloon on the Pier during the season.


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