Coordinates: 54°35′28″N 1°01′08″W / 54.5910°N 1.0190°W / 54.5910; -1.0190

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Fishing cobles on the sands at Marske
Marske-by-the-Sea is located in North Yorkshire

 Marske-by-the-Sea shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference NZ634222
Parish Saltburn, Marske and New Marske
Unitary authority Redcar and Cleveland
Ceremonial county North Yorkshire
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town REDCAR
Postcode district TS11
Dialling code 01642
Police Cleveland
Fire Cleveland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Redcar
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Marske-by-the-Sea is a village in the unitary authority of Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is located on the coast, in an area sometimes referred to as East Cleveland, between the seaside resorts of Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea although it is not itself a seaside resort. Marske is in the civil parish of Saltburn, Marske and New Marske and comprises the wards of Longbeck (shared with New Marske) and St Germains.[1]



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 Marske

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 based at Marske during part of the first World War, from April till August 1918.[4] The Bristol M1C Monoplane, The Red Devil, was first flown from this RFC base.[5] The RAF later administered a base here. After World War II the site of the aerodrome became an ICI depot and later a housing estate with roads named on an aircraft theme, e.g. Barnes Wallis Way.


Marske is part of Redcar constituency and is represented by Lib Dem Ian Swales in the House of Commons. It is part of the North East England European Parliament constituency, where it is represented by a Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative MEP.

2011 local elections results

Borough Council

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

Ward Councillor Party
St Germain's Tristan Learoyd Labour Co-operative
Madge Moses Lib Dem
Sean Pryce Labour Co-operative
Longbeck Victoria Reyer Lib Dem
Norah Cooney Conservative
Vic Jeffries Labour Party (UK)


Parish council results

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 Longbeck Industrial Estate notably label and barcode specialists Weyfringe.[7] There is also small scale sea fishing using cobles and tractors from the beach.

The town square is now populated by several "virtual shops", which are empty retail units covered by brightly-illustrated wooden boards, following in the footsteps of nearby Redcar "Recession-hit Redcar sets up fake shops". Retrieved 2011-08-14. 


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 centre and a leisure centre with a library[9] and Baptist church. The village has Methodist, Roman Catholic and Church of England churches and five public houses: The Frigate, The Ship Inn,* The Zetland, The Mermaid and The Clarendon.[10] Grade II listed Ryehills Farmhouse and associated buildings lie to the west of Marske.[11]

* listed building

Winkies Castle

Winkies Castle

The village is also home to a museum named Winkies Castle* which is open to visitors. This is not really a castle but an old cruck house formerly owned by the late cobbler, Jack Anderson.[12] There is a story that the house's name comes from a cat named Winkie, that once lived there. 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 Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.[13] It is the oldest house in Marske-by-the-Sea and dates back to the 17th century.[13]


Marske is served by Longbeck and Marske railway stations, which connect to Darlington mainline station. The main road through Marske is the A1085 Coast Road and High Street.


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: Bydales School located within the village and Rye Hills School, Sacred Heart R.C. Comprehensive School located in Redcar, and Huntcliff School located in Saltburn.[14]


Marske-by-the-Sea has a football club, Marske United F.C. as well as a cricket club, and badminton club.

Notable people

Charles Dickens visited the village to view Marske Hall's unusual turrets[15] and to see the graves of Captain Cook's parents. An early 20th century memorial, 20-30 yards west of St Germain's tower, marks the approximate location.[16] '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.[17] In the 1970s West Indies cricketer Albert Padmore lived in Marske[18] and Steve Oliver, the writer, director, and radio broadcaster attended Errington Primary School, until his family relocated to Norfolk in 1985.

See also


  1. ^ "Redcar & Cleveland Ward Map". Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  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[dead link] Map Directory"]. Ordnance Survey. [ Retrieved 2007-08-16. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Captain W. E. Johns". The Twickenham Museum. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  5. ^ "The Harry Butler Story". District Council of Yorke Peninsula. Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Weyfringe Labelling Systems". Cylex. Retrieved 2011-03-17. 
  8. ^ "Marske-by-the-Sea History". pp. 3. Archived from the original on 2006-05-08. Retrieved 2006-04-30. 
  9. ^ "Marske Library". Redcar & Cleveland Leisure. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  10. ^ "Pubs in Marske-By-The-Sea". Pubs Galore. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  11. ^ "Ryehills Farmhouse". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2011-04-17. ; "Farm Buildings and Two Houses Circa 50 Metres North of Ryehills Farmhouse". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2011-04-17. ; "Garden Wall South of Ryehills Farmhouse". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  12. ^ "Welcome to Winkies Castle: A memorial to cobbler Jack". Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. Retrieved 2006-02-19. 
  13. ^ a b "Cobbler's curious castle unveiled". Northern Echo. This is the North East. 2002. Retrieved February 19, 2006. 
  14. ^ "Schools in Redcar and Cleveland". 
  15. ^ "William Pennyman's Marske Hall". The History Channel. pp. 1. Retrieved 2006-04-30. 
  16. ^ "Captain James Cook Biography: Part 1. Early life and Royal Navy". Retrieved 2006-04-30. 
  17. ^ "On this day, 1 August 1989: Britain's oldest person turns 112". BBC News. 1989-08-01. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  18. ^ Pearson, Harry (2009-05-29). "Greenpeace and the spinners' art". The Guardian. 

Further reading

  • 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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