Town spots hoping for glory

Redheugh Gardens on the Headland.
Redheugh Gardens on the Headland.

WHAT’S your favourite place in Hartlepool?

People have been busy submitting nominations for a “Roll of Honour” of Hartlepool buildings and structures of local significance.

Here are just a handful of the 256 suggestions which are in the running for a place on the list of top town spots.

From the block of houses at The Cliff at Seaton Carew, which includes infamous canoe conman John Darwin’s former home, to Hartlepool Railway Station – people have been keen to make sure their favourite places are included in the honours.

Other items and places submitted for consideration include a 1903 cast iron lamp-post in Middlegate on the Headland, Stranton Cemetery, including war memorials and the 19th century chapel of rest and the late 19th century Merchant’s House which formed the original Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road.

Also hoping to make a place on the list is the Cosmopolitan Hotel, at the corner of Durham Street and Middlegate on the Headland,

Another piece in the line-up is a mandorla, which is a pointed architectural figure, depicting Christ with his hand raised in blessing on a property in Elwick.

The Hospital of God offices, at Greatham, has also made it to the list of hopefuls, as has Redheugh Gardens, a triangle of public open space on the Headland.

Yorkshire Bank, in Church Street, is also hoping for glory, as well as the 19th century Morison Hall, on the Headland and Victoria Homes, memorial homes overlooking Burn Valley Gardens, which were built to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Sarah Scarr, Hartlepool Borough Council’s landscape planning and conservation manager, said: “From compiling the list, it has been made clear that people are really proud of their houses and where they live.”

At the end of last year, residents were asked to nominate structures and locations which they thought should be included on the list.

The draft list of nominations includes private houses, pubs, farms, churches, shops, factories, war memorials, pill boxes and even a lamp-post and a bus shelter.

People have until September 16 to submit comments on the properties by emailing or by post to Landscape Planning and Conservation, Bryan Hanson House, Hanson Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7BT.

Then a panel of judges will draw up the final list, which could be reviewed yearly.

The nominees can be viewed at by searching for ‘Locally Listed Buildings’, or at Bryan Hanson House during normal office hours.