A Small Band
Lazenby-In Times Past
It's Your Page
The Turner Family of Lazenby
Lazenby Social Club
Iron Ston Mining
Wilton Primary School
The Village Hall
New Lazenby Football Team
The small hamlet of Wilton just off the A174 between Eston and Redcar, is still a thriving community with it's Church,the modernised Wilton Castle and Golf Club.It also boasts a modern, up to date Retirement Home and several houses have been built in the last few years,but what of it's past.
The very early settler was the Saxon Lord, Altor
The Domeday Book stated, that Wilton was held at the time by Nigel, who run the estate for Robert Earl of Morton and tax was paid on the size of the land, by deviding the arable land, into how many ploughs would be needed, to set the fields for sowing.If livestock used the land, this was measured by the number of animals using the field.At the time of the survey the value of the Manor was fifteen shillings.
The Bulmer family who had estates in Lastingham and Co Durham became Lords of the Manor of Wilton, which also took in Lazenby and Lackenby and surprisingly West Coatham.In the complicated land ownerships at the time, everyone seemed to wanted their share of the rent and value of the land.In the case of Wilton, the Lord of the Manor was John De Bulmer but part of the land was owned jointly, by Ranulphus de Mennel and Peter de Mauley, while the other part was owned by John de Percy.The parishes of Kirkleatham and Wilton, were very closely linked and Charles Turner of Kirkleatham bought a plot of land and donated the proceeds from any profit, to the curate and his wife of Wilton Church which realised one hundred pounds a year.One curious aspect of this area, was the fact that within an area of approx two miles, there are two Churches dedicated to St Cuthbert.The Wilton Church, was attached to Guisbrough Priory until the reformation, when it received a bounty, from the legacy of Queen Anne, of £19 9shillings and sixpence and also benefitted from the sale of land in Great Broughton.What was supported by Kirkleatham Church, was a little chapel in Wilton, dedicated to St Ellen, built by Sir William Bulmer in the reign of Henry VIII and a stipend was paid, to allow two priests to say Mass for Sir William Bulmer and his wife's welfare.
|Cottages on the green opposite St Cuthbert's Church in a very rural and quiet setting|
St Cuthbert's Church
|St Cuthbert's Church minus it's very impressive steeple because of the small area inside the grounds it will take another visit to get a better angle|
|Wilton Castle as it is today.The rooms of the Castle have been refurbished and sold as private
apartments.Since being sold to ICI in the forties the Castle has played host to famous people and it is rumoured Juninio stayed there while his transfer was being discussed.The front looks out onto an eighteen hole golf course run by ICI for ICI employees.
St Cuthbert's Church
|Another view of St Cuthberts Church|
|The Tombstone marks the resting place of John Lowther son of Sir Charles Lowther.John was an MP and also a benifactor of Wilton and Lazenby|
|This shows Wilton Lane aproaching the village from the A174|
The Golf Course
|The modern 18 hole Golf Course is a popular pastime for present and past employees of ICI.|
The Golf Club
|This very popular Club not only provides a welcome drink after a round but provides entertainment and social evenings in a very stylish setting.|
|The Ancient woodland around Wilton Village was devastated by galeforce winds in January and a great deal of damage was caused.Trees were uprooted and crashed across Wilton Lane and trees in Wilton Churchyard suffered the same fate causing havoc.Fences were blown down in 100 mph winds.|
|This shows the damage caused by recent gales to trees on Wilton Lane.|
Inside St Cuthberts.
|On Saturday and Sunday 4th&5th June 2005 the dedicated parishioners of St Cuthberts held a Flower Festival inside the Church.This was very impressive and gave the visitor, the opportunity to appreciate what a beautiful little Church this is.The Fesival had a musical theme with various instruments setting off the floral designs.
This is a very ancient Church that the whole of Teesside can be proud of.According to Bulmer in his 'History of Cleveland' the Church was founded before 1100AD and many alteration have been made over the years.
The Musical Theme
|The slim guitar blends in to the slim display.|
|Here we see a drum,adding to the musical theme of the floral display.|
|The Baptismal Font lends itself well, to be decorated as a beautiful centre piece.|
|As in most Churches the Altar takes centre stage to be decorated.|
It appears the Monks of Guisborough Priory administered to the parishioners of Wilton.
Between 1340-49 the Norman Chancel was taken down and replaced with an early English Chancel.In 1349 the Bishop of Damascus came and rededicated what was called 'All Saints' and renamed it St Cuthbert.
During the Dissolution when land and endowments were confiscated and St Cuthberts fell into disrepair.Guisborough Priory was ransacked and the Monks disbanded.
The parishioners joined the parishioners of St Cuthbert Kirkleatham.In time William Turner pledged money for the Church to have a Priest and the Church of St Cuthbert, Wilton was reastablished.
Thanks to Mr and Mrs J Allan for the above information.
1914-1918- The Great War
|The plaque dedicated to the Fallen from Wilton Village,Lackenby and Lazenby in the First World War.
The following gave their lives for their Country.
If anyone has any information about the lads above I would like to hear from you.Thanks,Ged.Were these lads members of Wilton Parish Church and are their names duplicated on the Cenataph in Lazenby Village?.
Clergy over the Years
|Clergy who have served St Cuthbert's over the Centuries.
C Pavie 1640
J Lauder 1662
J Jackson 1666
J Mayhew 1671
W Consit 1713
J Jamieson 1754
T Saul 1791
H Stoken 1855
F S Tireman 1861
A G K Simpson 1876
G Nursey 1878
J Maccartie 1884
J H Heigham 1902
R W C Connor 1923
H L O'Connor 1925
S Smith 1934
H J K Richards 1935
G O Williams 1944
E Weir 1958
D J Rowlands 1963
A Colman 1969
R A Lovewell 1973
J C Turner 1979
P A Ellis 1982
R Bullen 1984
R F Rowling 1990
C M Dumford 1997
From the Past
|Certain artifacts have been preserved which the parishioners are very proud.A silver drinking cup dated 1638 and made by CJ London.The story behind this cup is a soldier belonging to Cromwell who was ransacking the Church at the time,stole the cup and felt pangs of guilt and returned the cup.
Another artifact is a part of a coffin that was unearthed during alterations inside the Church.Both artifects are now kept in a Bank because of the high cost of security.
The Coffin Handle Part.
1939-45 Second World War
|This War is still fresh in many peoples memory and of the loved ones who went to fight and did not return.
Below are the names of men from Lackenby, Lazenby and Wilton who laid down their lives for us, so we may be free.
Pilot Officer J M Benyon.
Pilot Officer H Elderfield.
Private E Hart.
Private E Smith.
Gerald Kirbyman- Merchant Navy.
Royal Marine C Lyon.
Sergeant GS Risborough.
Able Seaman W Moore.
Captain J P Williams.
Any stories relating to these lads would be very much appreciated.Thanks Ged
Wilton Male Voice Choir
|On Saturday 18th June,St Cuthberts Church played host to Wilton Male Voice Choir.The event was to raise money for a new toilet block.A good crowd were entertained with songs from the shows for nearly two hours and everyone enjoyed the brilliant harmonizing.Beryl was guest soloist and sang four songs beautifully.Tea and scones were provided and £221 was raised.The Vicar thanked everyone for coming and also thanked the organisers and asked the Choir for an encore.They obliged with Tom Jone's Dehlila.That evening the weather was hot and humid but in the Church was surprisingly very cool.
Raising the Roof with 'When Tomorrow Comes' from Les Miserable.
The Left Side
|In close harmony|
The Right Side
|All eyes on the conductor|
|Guest Soloist Beryl sings songs from the Shows.|
|When looking up your family tree St Cuthbert's graveyard is a very interesting place to visit.If you live far away and are looking for memorials of your ancestors, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see if I can forward the photo.Jane Harvey did and sent the following photo's of her past relatives.Thanks,Ged|
The Old Mine Workings
There seems to be a fair amount of correspondence on various blog sites about the old mine workings in and around Wilton Lane.There is also a site dedicated to the natural wildlife that inhabit the ponds to the left of Wilton Lane.After I have had time to decipher all these blogs I will continue the story that makes interesting reading of days gone by.
|Peter Caddy has sent this photo of Wilton Castle in days gone by.|
Wilton in Days Gone By
I have just received a great deal of correspondence from Tom Brodrick with loads of photographs of old Wilton and the surrounding area.I know you will enjoy this glimpse into the past.
The Story Starts Here
There are many photos of Wilton Castle and church which you will already have. One, on the postcard in the last mail is interesting as it is pre 1897ish (date on drain catchments on the castle) when a new East wing was added to the castle. Up till that point it had just been a single storey facade. At the top of the gardens was a Fountain Garden, remnants of which still existed in the 1960's. There was a huge monkey puzzle tree in the corner of the field and nice bridge with a good iron gate. It also had a wishing well which must still be there.
The castle had a bank of huts where the golf club now is. They had been used as a hospital during the war but were used as ICI offices for many years and three double deckers full of office workers came every day. It was a very busy place.
A panel was set up to plant the many specimen trees found in the grounds and a plaque was placed near the track running behind the churchyard. In that field which used to be the setting for the many garden parties and games fro ICI employees of a certain grade or above, a tree was planted by Jack Morgan, chairman of Guisborough UDC, and a plaque was place art its base.
On the lawns at the front of the castle were two huge galvanised tanks, the size of a swimming pool, containing water in case of a fire.
There is a pipe carrying water from way round the back of Court Green. It can sometimes be seen on the surface. It supplied water to the farms, castle and village and ended at the top of Waterfall Gill, which we called 'the canyon'. The water was cold and refreshing and we always stopped for a drink here. It ran down the side of the canyon in small waterfalls, before going down under an ornamental bridge, Waterfall Bridge (known as Lion's Bridge by us), the disappearing into a culvert under the field behind the castle, emerging under the bottom road in front of the castle. This place was called Black Bess as, in common with many such places in Yorkshire, Dick Turpin was supposed to have leapt across on his horse called Black Bess. Waterfall Bridge was dilapidated in the 1950's but could still be crossed with care. It had tarmac dack and was a good carriage wide. Now only the decaying buttresses remain. Unfortunately the pipe no longer goes as far as the top of the canyon but is diverted into Gramsgraft at the corner entrance to Wilton Woods at Lovell Hill just after Scrath Farm (Bank Top Farm). There is still a valve there to control the water. Down Gramsgraft is a waterfall which 'changes wood to stone' - a chaelobyte spring. I don't think anyone knows about it as it is pretty inaccesible.
In a building used by the golf club as a garage for machinery was the intact blacksmith's shop with bellows and forge. It must have disappeared when the buildings were converted into a gym and small swimming pool by ICI at the same time as they made the courtyard bistro and club.
Next to the village vicarage was an old Nissan hut where I went to scouts. I don't remember much scouting, more much chasing round Wilton Woods putting the fear of God into each and everyone, and lots of a violent game called British Bulldog in the hut.
|Photo from 1900|
|Postcard of Wilton village 1896|
|Here we see the village in 1950|
|This was taken in 1967|
These are some photos of Wilton. It is a shame that on a recent visit the lawns and surroundings seem to be very neglected as they were always immaculately kept by the castle gardeners. Some of the old villagers told me that they had attended school at Wilton. In my time it was the estate joiner's shop but has now been converted into a house. The village also had a big woodyard which maintained the estate and had many workers - Jim Brighton, Tucker, Ron & Ray Smith, Fred (Fly) Glasper, Prev , Vickers (student) and others all ruled by Cliff Garbutt who had been the gamekeeper for the Lowthers. Farrances had a shop with a Victorian postbox.
Great expense was spent on the Mission to Seamen built in the 1960's but it was up for sale by 1982 for £110,000
Peter Caddy Writes
In answer to Tom Brodrick the water pipe from behind court Green I think came from near Pittop and that was where our water came from at Lovell Hill .If it now drains into Gramshaft it must now feed the old reservoir down by the N/E corner of Wilton woods but where it went from there I don't know ,maybe to the farms?.there was another small lake a bit more east that would have been some thing to do with the mine near by.The bridge you mention over the canyon used to be a nice road to walk and went up to the trails that went to Eston nab Pittop and maybe the Guisborough Rd (Cross Keys maybe ).The last folks to live at the Nab must have been there to the late 30s ..Names change ,we had names for parts of Wilton wood you wont find on a map now ..Sow and nine pigs(Gramshaft ..) Bracken stack corner ...just up the road from Lovell Hill..Holly bush corner east up the Guisborough Rd from Molly Beck . and where's Challoner Pit gone .Some of the gates around the woods had their own name .The names I remember to the gates or wickets as some call them around the woods onto Lovell Hill were hunters Wicket ..Knipe wicket ( the named after a old mine shaft I think).
And lets not forget the old metal Lych gate just up the path from the playing field at wilton ,this one you could only get through one at a time ,this was great first you go through then you hold it shut and ask your girl ..give us a kiss or you cant come through ..yeh that was the kissing wicket
For the past twelve months the road between Wilton Lane and the Castle Road has been closed for refurbishment.The owners of this road the somewhat obscure Wilton Castle Estates have decided without any consultation to close this road permanently.They have erected fencing and a padlocked gate with pedestrian access WITHOUT PLANNING PERMISSION.They intend to apply for retrospective planning permission.This road has for hundreds of years been a 'right of way' to St Cuthberts Church in the Village.The Church is organising a petition for this fencing to be taken down.What do you think.....,?Sign the petition in the Lazenby Village Shop.
This application has been rejected on the grounds that it is a right of way to the Church and a route for emergency services.
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