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Marske is mentioned in the Domesday Book. St Germain's Church was consecrated by bishop Ægelric between 1042 and 1056.[2] Marske was amerced 20 marks for its part in the pillaging of a Norwegian vessel in 1180.[2]

RFC MarskeEdit

RFC/RAF base in Marske

The Royal Flying Corps had a landing strip and schools in Marske.[3] 'Captain' W. E. Johns, the author of the Biggles books, was posted to RFC Marske during part of the First World War, from April until August 1918.[4]

The Bristol M1C Monoplane, The Red Devil, was first flown from this RFC aerodrome.[5] The RAF later administered an airfield here. After the Second World War the site of the aerodrome became an ICI depot and later a housing estate, The Landings, with roads named on an aeronautical theme: Avro Close, Blackburn Grove, De Havilland Drive – leading onto Vickers Lane–, Beardmore Avenue, Folland Drive, Wellington Close, Brabazon Drive, Halifax Close and Lysander Court.


Marske is part of Redcar constituency and is represented by Labour's Anna Turley in the House of Commons. It is part of the North East England European Parliament constituency, where it is represented by two Labour MEPs, and a UKIP MEP.

2011 local elections resultsEdit

Borough CouncilEdit

In the 2011 local elections, the following members were returned to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council:[6]

Ward Councillor Party
St Germain's Tristan Learoyd Independent
Madge Moses Lib Dem
Sean Pryce Independent
Longbeck Victoria Reyer Lib Dem
Norah Cooney Conservative
Vic Jeffries Labour Party

Parish council resultsEdit

Longbeck ward was uncontested, whilst St Germain's parish ward was contested, with 5 Lib Dems and 1 Labour parish councillor being elected.


The Harbour at Marske

The majority of the residents of Marske do not work within the village, but work in nearby industry or in Middlesbrough or Redcar. Marske has a range of local shops and a mixture of light industries on the Industrial Estate notably label and barcode specialists Weyfringe.[7] There is also small scale sea fishing using cobles and tractors from the beach.


Grade I listed Marske Hall

Marske has two imposing houses.

  • Marske Hall,* now a Cheshire Home, was built around 1625 and was formerly the home of the Zetland family.[8]
  • Cliff House,* which stands on the cliff tops overlooking the beach, was built in the 19th century as a holiday residence for the Pease family, who were prominent in the north-east business community, at the time, and principal shareholders in the Stockton and Darlington Railway. The railway was extended to Redcar in the 1840s and to Marske and Saltburn in the 1860s.

The village has its own post office, medical centres, leisure centre and a library.[9] The village has Methodist, Baptist, Church of England and Roman Catholic churches and five public houses: The Frigate, The Ship Inn,* The Zetland, The Mermaid and The Clarendon.[10]

Most of Marske's listed buildings are to be found on High Street,[11] and Redcar Road,[12] but there are a few more on Church Street,[13] Cliff Terrace,[14] East Street,[15] and The Garth.[16]

Winkies CastleEdit

Winkies Castle

The village is also home to a museum named Winkies Castle* which is run by Volunteers and open to visitors from Easter Saturday each year until the end of September. This is not really a castle but an old half cruck cottage formerly owned by the late master shoemaker, Jack Anderson.[17] There is a story that the house's name comes from Jack's cat named Winkie. The museum has rotating exhibitions and over 6,000 articles; including a two-headed lamb called "Bill and Ben".

The building was saved from demolition in 1968 by Jack Anderson when he turned it into a community museum and bequeathed it to the Community of Marske (trustees Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council). It is the oldest house in Marske-by-the-Sea, dating back to the 17th century. It is now run and managed by volunteers; it is open three days a week from Easter Saturday until the end of September each year.[18]


Marske is served by Longbeck and Marske railway stations, which connect to Darlington railway station. The main road through Marske is the A1085 Coast Road and High Street. Marske is served by Arriva North East 4/4A, 64/64A, 81/81A/781, and X3/X4 bus services.


Marske-by-the-Sea has three primary schools: Errington Primary School, Westgarth Primary School, and St Bede's R.C. Primary School. The village is served by the following secondary schools: Outwood Academy Bydales located within the village and Rye Hills School, Sacred Heart Secondary Catholic Voluntary Academy located in Redcar, and Huntcliff School located in Saltburn.[19]


Marske-by-the-Sea has an Martial Art ITF Tae Kwon Do School.[20] Furthermore, the village has two Football teams; Northern League Division 1 football club Champions, Marske United F.C. and Langbaurgh League Division 2 Champions, Marske F.C [21] as well as a cricket club, and badminton club.

Notable peopleEdit

England and Yorkshire cricketer Paul Jarvis grew up in Marske. His Yorkshire cc jumper can be found on display in Marske cricket club. Charles Dickens visited the village in around 1844 to see the grave of Captain Cook's father.[citation needed] An early 20th century memorial, 20–30 yards west of St Germain's tower, marks the approximate location.[22] 'Captain' W.E. Johns, the author of the Biggles books, was based at RFC Marske towards the end of the First World War.[4]

Marske was the home of Charlotte Hughes, the longest-lived person ever documented in the United Kingdom.[23] In the 1970s West Indies cricketer Albert Padmore lived in Marske[24] and Steve Oliver, the writer, director, and radio broadcaster attended Errington Primary School, until his family relocated to Norfolk in 1985. Marske was also home of artist Chris Dooks—past director of arts television programmes, such as The South Bank Show.[25] Middlesbrough Football Club players, Robbie Stockdale & Cameron Park both grew up in Marske. Singer and songwriter Georgina Anderson, who died from cancer in 2013 at the age of 15, also came from Marske and attended Bydales Secondary School. The electronic music group Radio Massacre International was formed in Marske in the early 1980s.

Actor-playwright, singer-songwriter Shaun Lawton, born 1941 in New Marske, lived in Marske from 1950 to 1957.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Redcar & Cleveland Ward Map". Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
  2. ^ a b Farrer, William (1914–1916). Early Yorkshire charters; being a collection of documents anterior to the thirteenth century made from the public records, monastic chartularies, Roger Dodsworth's manuscripts and other available sources. vol. 2. Edinburgh: Ballantyne, Hanson, & Co.
  3. ^ "Redcar Map Directory". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 16 August 2007.[dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Captain W. E. Johns". The Twickenham Museum. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  5. ^ "The Harry Butler Story". District Council of Yorke Peninsula. Archived from the original on 22 August 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2007.
  6. ^ "Redcar & Cleveland". May 2011. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Weyfringe Labelling Systems". Cylex. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Marske-by-the-Sea History". p. 3. Archived from the original on 8 May 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2006.
  9. ^ "Marske Library". Redcar & Cleveland Leisure. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Pubs in Marske-By-The-Sea". Pubs Galore. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  11. ^ High Street: "53"., "62 & 64"., "91a"., "145a"., "145 & 145b"., "151–157"., "158"., "162"., "Garage"., "Tel. Kiosk"., "Tithe Barn"., "The Ship Inn". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  12. ^ Redcar Road: "Marske Hall"., "Dovecote"., "Front Garden Wall"., "Garden Walls"., "Greenhouse"., "Storehouse"., "Marske Hall Cottages"., "Zetland Estate Office, #36"., "Church of St. Mark"., "War Memorial"., "Walls". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  13. ^ Church Street: "2". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  14. ^ Cliff Terrace: "Cliff House". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  15. ^ East Street: "48". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  16. ^ The Garth: "Gazebo and garden wall No. 3". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  17. ^ "Welcome to Winkies Castle: A memorial to master shoemaker Jack". Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2006.
  18. ^ "Cobbler's curious castle unveiled". Northern Echo. This is the North East. 2002. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2006.
  19. ^ "this is Redcar & Cleveland, The Learning Map". Redcar and Cleveland. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  20. ^ "Home Page". North East Schools of Tae Kwon Do. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  21. ^ "The Seasiders". the Archived from the original on 26 April 2012.
  22. ^ "Captain James Cook Biography: Part 1. Early life and Royal Navy". Archived from the original on 15 May 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2006.
  23. ^ "On this day, 1 August 1989: Britain's oldest person turns 112". BBC News. 1 August 1989. Retrieved 19 November 2007.
  24. ^ Pearson, Harry (29 May 2009). "Greenpeace and the spinners' art". The Guardian.
  25. ^ "Artist and Doctoral Researcher Chris Dooks". Retrieved 6 February 2013.

Further readingEdit

  • Changing Marske-by-the-Sea, Winkies Castle Folk Museum.
  • Sotheran, Peter (1976). Memories of Marske-by-the-Sea. A.A. Sotheran Ltd. ISBN 0-905032-03-9.
  • Hope, Edmund (1975). Hope's history of Marske-by-the-Sea. A.A. Sotheran Ltd. ISBN 0-9504427-2-0.

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