Where is your favourite place in Middlesbrough?

r00fie1

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Commerce House the old Bank on the corner is behind the renovation - the buildings will be linked to the rear. It will be retail downstairs and office upstairs. Timed to coincide with the next phase of the Railway Station works - the old Cornerhouse is being converted into two office spaces (already taken) but externally it will retain all the old features and in fact have bottle green window frames, as a nod back to Winterschadens wine merchants that was based here for many, many years.
There will also be a new station entrance directly off Zetland Road. The tunnel entrance from Bridge Street will continue straight through and under the station to Zetland Road, with sliding glass doors.
There are a couple more phases of work on the station including increasing capacity to double the trains to Newcastle and for increased traffic to London. A new passenger platform to the rear of the station will be built.
Building work is already under way as you can see by the scaffolding.
Have you noticed that the old Slam nightclub has now been demolished. The plan isto open up the renovated Exchange Square from both sides of the A66 and to have a performance stage area - this is already in demand, several events are already in the pipeline here.
Noticed the demolition.(y)
Cant wait for the station to get started in ernest - its going to be a real transformation.
Its what the town needs.
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Also - if you go to the furthest east along platform 2 - you can see where work has already begun on the renewed platform edging for platform 3.
Presumably the Nunthorpe / Whitby service will use that platform?
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BlindBoyGrunt

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Riverside Stadium not allowed as an answer.

Can be a public place, a bar/restaurant, your house if you like!

I think mine is Albert Park. Love running around there, find it very peaceful and the path from the lake at the bottom up to the fountain with the overhanging trees is beautiful, especially at this time of year.
I also go running in Albert Park, it's a lovely space. Stewart Park is bigger and prettier but Albert has a better class of clientele.
 

sadgit

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actually, I have just looked out of my bedroom window and I sometimes forget I can see, Rosebery topping and Captain Cook Monument. I love this area!
 

johnsmithsno2

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To pick one favourite is a toughy. But here's my top 6... 1) Stewarts Park 2) Eston Hills 3) Ayresome Park and surrounding areas (used to walk round with my great grandad and he'd tell me loads of stories of when he grew up around there) 4) Dorman museum (another place i'd go with my great grandad) 5) Fleetham Street (where my great nanna and grandad lived in the 80s) 6) Albert Park
Dorman Museum's a great shout.
 

Smogonsea

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I loved the ‘brickey’ (which other people will know it as) but I just knew it as the field as I grew up opposite it. Great for playing “knockie outie pick a partner” and climbing trees.
 

Facefuzz

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No body has said it yet but ormesby hall and the surrounding are. I just remembered as I’ve just got back from there. Those 6 houses near gypsy lane station have gone up fast!!

It’s one of my favourites as I have some great memories from there. The conker tree on jubilee bank was one of the most fruitful in the area. Going over and playing on the cricket pitch. As a youngster I done a paper round for gav’s paper shop. Playing along the beck and riding through the woods.
The church is fantastic. It’s where I have so far spent the happiest day of my life and also the saddest.
 

Funky_Chicken

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The transporter bridge - i just like looking at it, and the river and industry around it and imagining what it was like in its heyday, plus it brings back childhood memories of going on it over the river to see my auntie in Hartlepool.
Still haven’t plucked up the courage to bungee jump off it though 😵‍💫
 

Legz

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I have 2 for different reasons.

1. Albert Park, dorman museum and a walk down to Creams for desserts with my daughter...bit of us time. She's 15 now and I don't know how much longer having a waffle with mam will trump being out with her mates....we always have some great/deep/important/funny conversations when we're just wandering.

2. Eston Hills. Lost my grandad in June at the grand Old age of 90. He lived in Eston for as long as i remember (and I'm late 40's). Knew the hills like the back of his hand and everytime we went as kids we were up there....bilberrys in June, brambles in august/September, the secret orange stream (obviously now I know its the iron ore colouring it) and so many more. Sometimes I used to find it a bit of a chore and boring....but now how I wish I could be right back there tomorrow 😪😪😪
 

pierrequiroule

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Nice memories coming back triggered by the last few posts. Riding on the neighbour's horse and cart to a fish-mongers near the transporter. Doing a milk round up Church Lane and Ormesby Bank before school. Nicking off said school up Eston Hills as I hated it so much. First job after art college was at the Dorman Museum designing the catalogues/publicity. EDIT First house 100 yards from Ayresome Park.
 

Alexander Supertramp

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Commerce House the old Bank on the corner is behind the renovation - the buildings will be linked to the rear. It will be retail downstairs and office upstairs. Timed to coincide with the next phase of the Railway Station works - the old Cornerhouse is being converted into two office spaces (already taken) but externally it will retain all the old features and in fact have bottle green window frames, as a nod back to Winterschadens wine merchants that was based here for many, many years.
There will also be a new station entrance directly off Zetland Road. The tunnel entrance from Bridge Street will continue straight through and under the station to Zetland Road, with sliding glass doors.
There are a couple more phases of work on the station including increasing capacity to double the trains to Newcastle and for increased traffic to London. A new passenger platform to the rear of the station will be built.
Building work is already under way as you can see by the scaffolding.
Have you noticed that the old Slam nightclub has now been demolished. The plan isto open up the renovated Exchange Square from both sides of the A66 and to have a performance stage area - this is already in demand, several events are already in the pipeline here.


Sounds brilliant. Hopefully they’re demolish the derelict retail units under the flyover on the other side as well

Lots going on in that area now. Only issue is it’s the complete other end of town to baker / Bedford street etc
 

HolgateCorner

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Noticed the demolition.(y)
Cant wait for the station to get started in ernest - its going to be a real transformation.
Its what the town needs.
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Also - if you go to the furthest east along platform 2 - you can see where work has already begun on the renewed platform edging for platform 3.
Presumably the Nunthorpe / Whitby service will use that platform?
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Middlesbrough station is an historic masterpiece, it deserves the money being spent to bring it up to date.
 

HolgateCorner

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Very difficult question posed by the opening poster and some great responses.

We have so much here don’t we from the history in the town centre to the industrial heritage along the Tees and the fantastic countryside of North Yorkshire.

I have a few favourite places, Wilton and Muni golf courses, Flatts Lane Country Park and Guisborough branch walkway (with the dog), Albert and Stewart Park and the old part of the town around the station.

When I was a kid I used to love going to Ayresome Park over the festive period when the houses in the terraced streets had Christmas trees with fairy lights in the windows, with the dark descending early and the floodlights on by the second half it was just a magical world when you came out after the match.
 

Ian Bairds Ears

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Warrenby for me.

Whenever I return to England I always pay a visit as it brings back so many fond childhood memories and
lessons that would never leave me.
My sister and I used to go to my nans house straight after school as my parents weren't home from work yet.
My grandad was a union delegate at the steelworks and I remember his coming home from work and my nan
would usually say that she will put the kettle on. He would often say, don't bother pet, I'll take the kids for a walk.
My sister and I knew exactly what that meant, we were going door knocking.
Some poor soul had had an accident at work and little did we know at the time, there was no such thing as workers
compensation, but never fear, grandad was here.

He would knock on the doors, and I am sure that he used us as a softener up technique as the householder would always
greet us with a big hello with a touching of my sisters or my cheek and tell us of how much we looked like our mam or dad.

They would almost always say things like sorry A..... I haven't got much or I've got nowt but they always came back with something.
Sometimes it was a few pennies, a few potatoes, tin of spam or a packet of PG tips. On one occasion, a man that was blind in one
eye hurried across the road and came back with a cabbage. Another old man started to cry when he told my grandad that he
really did have nothing to give.
After he closed his door I asked my grandad why was he crying? He replied, you'll understand one day son.

My sister and I dragged around an onion sack each until we arrived at the injured mans house. His wife answered the door
and the man arrived on crutches and there was more rubbing of cheeks and thank yous and tears.
It didn't make any sense to me as a seven year old that the people that were giving and the people that were receiving
were both either teary or crying.
Why is everybody crying grandad?
Once again, the response, you'll understand one day son.

There's more to beauty than meets the eye in places that you least expect.
Beautifully written that redblood
 

JackG

Well-known member
Warrenby for me.

Whenever I return to England I always pay a visit as it brings back so many fond childhood memories and
lessons that would never leave me.
My sister and I used to go to my nans house straight after school as my parents weren't home from work yet.
My grandad was a union delegate at the steelworks and I remember his coming home from work and my nan
would usually say that she will put the kettle on. He would often say, don't bother pet, I'll take the kids for a walk.
My sister and I knew exactly what that meant, we were going door knocking.
Some poor soul had had an accident at work and little did we know at the time, there was no such thing as workers
compensation, but never fear, grandad was here.

He would knock on the doors, and I am sure that he used us as a softener up technique as the householder would always
greet us with a big hello with a touching of my sisters or my cheek and tell us of how much we looked like our mam or dad.

They would almost always say things like sorry A..... I haven't got much or I've got nowt but they always came back with something.
Sometimes it was a few pennies, a few potatoes, tin of spam or a packet of PG tips. On one occasion, a man that was blind in one
eye hurried across the road and came back with a cabbage. Another old man started to cry when he told my grandad that he
really did have nothing to give.
After he closed his door I asked my grandad why was he crying? He replied, you'll understand one day son.

My sister and I dragged around an onion sack each until we arrived at the injured mans house. His wife answered the door
and the man arrived on crutches and there was more rubbing of cheeks and thank yous and tears.
It didn't make any sense to me as a seven year old that the people that were giving and the people that were receiving
were both either teary or crying.
Why is everybody crying grandad?
Once again, the response, you'll understand one day son.

There's more to beauty than meets the eye in places that you least expect.
For me, this is the most moving post I've ever read on FMTTM.
 
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