Lingdale is a village in the unitary authority of Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. The village was created with the advent of ironstone mining in the area, in the early 19th century.
Lingdale was built in the 1870s as a village for the ironstone mine workers and was located next to an ironstone mine. The mine was served by a railway which existed to carry iron-ore for the Lingdale mine until its closure in 1964. Few traces remain to be seen today. Although originally a village exclusively for mine workers, Lingdale slowly developed to be a village for all to come and make their home in. After the closure of the mines, in 1962, all the mine workers' houses became vacant and non-miners were able to live in them. As with the railway, little remains of the mine, most significantly the overgrown entrance to the mine. However, much of Lingdale's mining past disappeared with the demolition of the then very much run-down miners' houses. Today 1980s council houses stand on the sites of the mine workers' houses. A few mineworkers' houses still stand, now modernised.
Many of Lingdale's older Victorian houses, not associated with mine workers, still stand, as does the Lingdale United Reformed Church, a Victorian chapel-like building, and a number of other churches.
Mining disaster of 1953
On 24 August 1953, 15 men were critically injured in a horrifying gas explosion in the south-west dips district of Lingdale Ironstone Mine. During the days that followed, eight men died due to shock and the severity of their burns.
An hour and a half after the start of the morning shift there was an ignition of gas in the mine and several miners were badly burned. They were working about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the pithead when the explosion occurred and were 600 feet (180 m) underground.
Lingdale brass band
It was very common in the past, for mining communities to have a brass band, and Lingdale was no exception. A brass band was formed in 1851, as Lingdale Ironstone Miners' Band. It later became known as Lingdale Silver Band, Lingdale Silver (ICI Chemical Products) Band (from 1986). In 1998, the band merged with the Yarm & District Band to form Lockwood Band.
Jack Curnow, a professional football goalkeeper, was born in Lingdale in 1910.
Adam Boyes, a professional footballer, was born in Lingdale in 1990.
- Durham Mining Museum - Lingdale mine (ironstone)
- The Times: (cited on Mine-Explorer website) Lingdale Mine explosion 25 August 1953
- Middlesbrough Evening Gazette: (cited on Communigate website) Lingdale Mine explosion 24 August 1953
- Internet Bandsman's Everything Within (IBEW) - Extinct Brass Bands (alphabetical list)
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