This is a replica of the plaque produced to celebrate the centenary of Skinningrove iron and steel works in 1974. The original plaque now stands near the offices at Tata Skinningrove. The pattern for the plaque was designed and carved by Cec Gorman who was chief pattern maker at the British Steel Corporation’s Skinningrove works at that time.
Working from memory, images and advice from colleagues, Cec prepared drawings that traced the history of the works and related local ironstone mining from their beginnings to 1974. The pattern he produced was used to create a mould from which the plaque was cast; it finally measured about two metres in length.
It is a work of real historical interest and merits close scrutiny. I think Cec Gorman took great care to represent the local works and mining industry as concisely and accurately as possible.
The original template belongs to Cec’s wife, Betty Gorman who loaned it to Skinningrove History Group to use it to some benefit. Betty expressed a wish for a replica to be located at Doorstep Green.