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North Riding
Cliff Terrace Marske-By-The-Sea - - 1714787.jpg
Marske sands
Grid reference: NZ634222
Location: 54°35’28"N, 1°1’8"W
Post town: Redcar
Postcode: TS11
Dialling code: 01642
Local Government
Council: Redcar and Cleveland

Marske-by-the-Sea is a village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on the coast, between the seaside resorts of Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea, although it is not itself a seaside resort.

The village has four churches and five public houses: The Frigate, The Ship Inn, The Zetland, The Mermaid and The Clarendon.[1]


St Germain's Church was consecrated by bishop Ægelric between 1042 and 1056.[2]

Marske is recorded in the Domesday Book.

The village 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, based at Marske Aerodrome.[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 had an airfield here.

After the Second World War the site of the aerodrome became an Imperial Chemical Industries 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.

About the village

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. There is small-scale sea fishing here using cobles and tractors from the beach.

Marske has a range of local shops and a mixture of light industries on the Industrial Estate.

Two imposing mansion houses stand in the village:

  • Marske Hall was built around 1625 and was formerly the home of the Marquesses of Zetland.[6] It was given as a gift to Leonard Cheshire to be run as a home for the disabled in 1964 and continued as such for the following 55 years, until it was sold as a going concern to a private company in 2019.[7]
  • Cliff House stands on the cliff tops overlooking the beach. It 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.

Marske has its own post office, medical centre, leisure centre and a library.


  • Church of England
  • Baptist
  • Methodist
  • Roman Catholic

The tower of St Germain's church was allowed to remain close to the cliff edge as a prominent seamark for fishermen in the North Sea.[8]

Cliff House  
The Ship Inn  
Grade I listed Marske Hall  

Winkies Castle

Winkies Castle

The village has a museum named Winkies Castle, dating back to the 17th century, 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. There is a story that the house's name comes from Jack's cat named Winkie. The museum puts on rotating exhibitions and has over 6,000 items, 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. It is now run and managed by volunteers and is open three days a week from Easter Saturday until the end of September each year.[9]


  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Football teams:
    • Marske United F.C.
    • Marske F.C.
  • Martial arts: Tae Kwon Do School

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Marske-by-the-Sea)


  1. "Pubs in Marske-By-The-Sea". Pubs Galore. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. 2. Edinburgh: Ballantyne, Hanson, & Co.. 
  3. Halpenny, Bruce Barrymore (1982). Action Stations 4. Military Airfields of Yorkshire. Cambridge: Patrick Stephens. p. 140. ISBN 0-85059-532-0. 
  4. "Captain W. E. Johns". The Twickenham Museum. 
  5. "The Harry Butler Story". District Council of Yorke Peninsula. 
  6. "Marske-by-the-Sea History". pp. 3. 
  7. Robson, Dave (30 July 2018). "Well-known care home to be sold off by national charity". 
  8. "At Your Service: Beggaring belief". The Northern Echo. 9 August 2003. 
  9. "Cobbler's curious castle unveiled". Northern Echo. This is the North East. 2002. 
  • 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.