Tees Heritage Trust

About Us

We are: –

  • A registered charity : registration number: 512497;
  • Registered as a company limited by guarantee registration number: 1618592;
  • registered with the Architectural Heritage Fund;
  • a membership of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts; and
  • An enrolled “environmental body” with ‘ENTRUST’, regulator of the Landfill Communities Fund, a source of grants for environmental projects.

We are a small registered charity and company limited by guarantee which, since 1982, has been working to rescue, conserve and find new uses for neglected historic buildings and sites in The Tees Valley area for the benefit of the local community. Our projects are good for the local economy and environment, turning derelict buildings into assets. The foundation for each conservation project is a sound understanding of the site’s history and significance.

We rely on the voluntary work and determination of our trustees and build partnerships with owners, leaseholders, funders, contractors, architects and many others to make each project a success.

The Trust continues to look after the buildings in its care, to educate others about the significance and value of historic buildings and to assess potential new projects.

How we work

Tees Heritage is a not-for-profit organisation whose principal method of operation is to acquire historic buildings, threatened by neglect and redundancy and where their rescue is beyond the scope of normal market forces. i.e. buildings no-one else wants or which serve no practical purpose. They are then brought back into usable condition by repairing them to the highest conservation standards with the assistance of grants, loans and donations. Any surplus funds made on the disposal of properties are then used to fund future projects.

In addition to buildings the Trust may acquire and preserve land, artefacts or other objects of historical, architectural, artistic, archaeological, constructional or environmental interest.

Today the Trust tends to operate in partnership with others rather than running its own projects. The focus is on working with community groups and local authorities bringing specialist skills and knowledge to help them to achieve their ambitions to repair and restore cherished historic buildings and sites.

The Trust has a small membership and is managed operated by a Council of Management comprising representatives of relevant professionals, local amenity and special interest groups and local authorities. All members are volunteers; the Trust has no paid staff and no regular funding other than the grants and loans attracted for particular projects. Membership is open to any local authority in the Tees Valley area and to persons or organisations who support the Trust’s objectives.

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Latest Projects

Red Barns House


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Earthbeat Project

This is another advisory role for the Trust. The project occupies the grade II listed former Saltburn Girls’ High School, lately used as a primary school and recently replaced by a new school nearby. The old school has been converted to a multi-purpose community facility to accommodate drama and theatrical productions performed by people with learning […]

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Saltburn Valley Gardens

The Trust provides specialist conservation advice to the Saltburn Valley Gardens Steering Group, working to maintain and improve this important Grade II Listed Historic Park. 

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Saltburn War Memorial

Working in partnership with the Friends of Saltburn and owners Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, the Trust aim to undertake essential conservation work to this grade II* listed war memorial and improvements to its setting. In 2014 Carillion Plc – the Council’s highways contractor – came forward to undertake gratis the re-paving works around the […]

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King Edward VII Memorial Clock

After falling into disrepair the grade II listed King Edward VII Memorial Clock Tower – locally known as the Town Clock – was restored by the Trust in partnership with the Friends of Redcar Town Clock and owners Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. The work was funded by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and […]

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Friarage Manor House

The Trust commissioned a feasibility study which was instrumental in persuading the Hartlepool-based Henry Smith Trust to dispose of this fragment of a grade II listed 17th century manor house to developers for conversion to apartments.

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Winkie’s Castle

When shoe-maker Jack Anderson died in 2001 he left this tiny museum housed in a grade II listed 17th century cottage in Marske-by-the-Sea, in trust to the local Council. Unable to provide either staff or funds to continue to operate the museum the Council asked the Trust for help. In partnership with The Friends of […]

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Church of St Cuthbert

In 2001, following the theft of lead from the roof of this Grade I listed building, the Trust in partnership with The Bosanquet Fund for Kirkleatham, part-funded urgently needed repairs. The following year an analysis of historic paint layers was funded, to ascertain the church’s original Georgian interior colour scheme.

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