6 thoughts on “The Clevo Flour Mills c1965

    • I worked at British Road Service depot which was behind the Mill and next to Head Wrightson’s. The day of the demolition, we had to leave the offices for when the mill was to be demolished with explosives, and when it failed we went back to work. The crane was then brought in and it was there for days knocking away at the base. Not sure if they used explosives again, but we were never evacuated again. Good times. I also remember we had a canteen which was also used by Head Wrighton staff. I then move to the Old Airfield to work for Econofreaight Transport


  1. Around 1960 I helped dismantle some grain conveyors from this mill. My age then was 17. I am very interested in any details of the steam engine used to drive the mill. Regards Mike Pedelty 01325 353476


  2. I was there to see the attempted demolition and also the one that finished the deed. I remember being told at the time that the building was the first reinforced concrete construction building to be built in the world. If that was truely the case it would be yet another example of the endless destuction of historical monuments in the area. I am still smarting from the demolition (which I also witnessed) of the Thorpe Thewles Viaduct. How about the emphasis changes towards preservation rather than continual rebuilding just for the sake of it.


  3. Cleveland Flour Mills Thornaby. Can any one else remember the grain ship ( The Fairy ) that supplied the Cleveland flour mills, it seemed to come once or twice a week


  4. How many can remember the “Leaning Tower of Clevo.” when a failed attempt to demolish the ferro-concrete tower by Victoria bridge resulted for many weeks in a 15-20 degree tilt over the Tees till the R.E from Catterick felled it ? – Thornaby end of Victoria Bridge, The “Bridge-Hotel”. Alongside the mill was an oil-jetty, the highest point sea-going vessels could reach.  Names of coastal tankers arriving here include the STEERSMAN and the OARSMAN. Also of interest are the wooden supports of a quay which allowed sailing vessels to load on all tides. Today, nearer the Bridge, the remains of the Stockton-Darlington coal wharf timbers can be seen. One section visible from the walk-way had been repaired by a ship”s 40ft mast, “fished” into the structure a round beam unlike the rough cut square baulks around it.


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