Skelton Revealed

The village of Skelton-in-Cleveland has a documented history that spans eleven centuries. That history, and its associated heritage, is explored in this book. It has been produced by members of Skelton History Group for the Skelton Townscape Heritage project, which provided the financial support. The chapters cover topics such as:

  • The Victorian shopping experience
  • The heritage displayed on the mosaic mural
  • The archaeology of the medieval borough
  • The fun of a medieval-themed summer’s fete
  • The varied architecture within the Conservation Area
  • The creation of the trail of twenty-seven mosaics
  • The arrival and impact of the railways
  • The social changes experienced by the families of the ironstone miners, who came by the thousand to work “down the pit”

Published: 15th February 2021

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Skelton Townscape Heritage project

In 2016, a project began in Skelton-in-Cleveland, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Its primary objective was to improve the appearance of the High Street, creating a look that better reflected its heritage. A programme of supporting activities ran alongside the High Street renovation. These investigated other aspects of the village’s history and heritage, making some of it visible to residents and visitors through mosaics and this book.

Skelton History Group

Skelton History Group was formed in the summer of 2012. From the outset, the members were adamant that they wanted to do their own research rather than listen to others talk about what they had done. Based in the council-run library, the group staged numerous exhibitions there. However, this is their first venture, as a group, into publishing the results of their research in book form.