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Caption for Guisborough, Sunnyfield House, Westgate C1960: Number 36 Westgate, known since the mid 19th century as Sunnyfield House, was built in around 1780 as the residence of John Harrison, agent to the Chaloner estate. The Sunnyfield Estate originally comprised a large area of 'pleasure grounds and grass land' to the north of Westgate. After being sold at auction in 1876, the estate was broken up, and most of the land was developed with private housing. The house (now a Town Council Community Centre), the stable block (now the Town Museum) and the immediate gardens eventually became the home in 1902 of Dr William Stainthorpe, who extended the house in 1919 to provide a private nursing home – the birthplace of many Gisborians from the 1920s through to the early 1950s. The original carriage driveway of the house preceded the 'new' Westgate Road, shown in the foreground here, which was laid out to connect the Victorian streets of Reid Terrace, Gill Street and Hedley Street to the town centre. The original screen or fence in front of Sunnyfield House has been a familiar part of Westgate for over two centuries. Peeping out to the right of the house is the façade of the Wesleyan Methodist chapel, which was built in 1811, remodelled in 1886 and demolished in 1963. The site of the chapel now serves as a car park; pedestrian access to it is still via an opening between numbers 28 and 30 Westgate, the original route to the chapel.

Memories of Guisborough

I had a lovely weekend "up north" to attend a family party in Middlesbrough as my wife's brother-in-law Robert Arbin was celebrating his 60th birthday. As it was summer we thought it would nice to camp and we found an attractive camping and caravan park at Tocketts Mill just outside (...Read full memory)

The closest car in this picture (a Hillman Minx) belonged to my family. I know because my father, Arthur Simpson, bought the postcard because of that. The following year, we moved to Canada where my brother and I still live. My brother and I will be in Guisborough next month. I was there a couple of years ago and saw (...Read full memory)

This photo rings back memories of delivering meat to nursing home on a bi weekly basis, In the 1960’s this hall was used as a nursing home and my dad supplied the meat. My memories were of the heat from the kitchen, the smell of nursing home patients and the trophies shot by previous Lord Gisborough’s on their safari’s throughout the Empire. I bet that they still hang on the walls,somewhere

This was taken a year before I emigrated to Australia. My Dad was the owner, and my brother Tom and I were the sons. Dad sold the shop in 1972 (which had been opened in the 1930's) he retired and subsequently died in 1995. The last time I was in Guisborough, was just after he died and not much has really changed except the (...Read full memory)

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