Skelton-in-Cleveland facts for kids
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Skelton-in-Cleveland is a small town in the civil parish of Skelton and Brotton in North Yorkshire, England. The local council, a unitary authority, is Redcar and Cleveland in the North East of England. It is situated at the foot of the Cleveland Hills and about 10 miles (16 km) east of Middlesbrough. Skelton is made up of North Skelton, Skelton Green and New Skelton. The first real mention of Skelton is in the Domesday Book, which talks about taxes collected. Skelton Castle was built in the 12th century by the de Brus (Bruce) family. The population of Skelton ward in the Redcar and Cleveland Unitary Authority is 6,396 (2001 census), increasing to 7,454 at the 2011 census.
All Saints Churches
Old All Saints Church is a redundant Church of England church, built in Georgian times; it is set in parkland with views to the 18th-century Gothic style country house, called Skelton Castle. Graves can be seen in the churchyard with skull-and-crossbone motifs. The church was mostly rebuilt in 1785, on a site where two previous churches were built. The pulpit, the box-pews and other furnishings, date from the rebuilding, with slightly earlier text boards and some older monuments on a remaining medieval wall. The outside stonework shows a herringbone tooling in keeping with local styles, in contrast to the 'Venetian' east window and the dark pink colouring of the interior.
A new All Saints church was built nearby, in 1884, by R.J. Johnston of Newcastle. It is in the decorated style and of dressed sandstone with ashlar, with plain clay tiled roofs. After the new church was built, the Georgian church fell into disrepair, declared redundant and is now maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust. Both churches are Grade II listed buildings.
Sports and leisure
The town has a cricket club, Skelton Castle Cricket Club, who play in the Langbaurgh cricket league. Their grounds, Old Dog Kennels; is accessible via the A174.
Skelton United is the town's football club, with junior teams from U7s to U16s.
The town also is home to Bodyzone gym within the Skelton Industrial Estate.
Skelton's highstreet hosts various small independent/chain shops, including a Cooplands, Coral and a Co-operative Food store. Along with this there are various pubs including a social club in North Skelton, a large Asda supermarket, and a Sainsbury's local store.
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