Norman Moorsom "The Pre-
Norman's talk gave a fascinating insight into the origins of Middlesbrough. His presentation was a skilful blend of intellectual facts & photographs of old documents & historic buildings with personal & poignant recollections of the people behind the history.
Norman is singularly well qualified to tell the story of Middlesbrough. He was born there in 1940 & for many years taught history locally & was archivist of the Teesside schools museum collection. Additionally, he has kept a diary since he was fourteen & personally witnessed the passing of many of the local landmarks. Fortunately he took many photographs & interviewed the people closely involved before their demise.
The first known building in Middlesbrough was the monastery founded by the Benedictine monks from Whitby, probably as a half-
The monastic house became a farm house & remained as such until the land was bought by the Pease family, Quakers of Darlington, as the site to found a new town. The last family of tenant farmers in the Middlesbrough farm were the Parringtons. Tom Parrington was born in the farmhouse in 1818 & died in 1915 at the ripe old age of 97. His vivid memories of the birth & growth of Middlesbrough were recounted directly to Major Fairfax-