I am the Cemetery Supervisor for Middlesbrough Council.
As you may be aware the Council along with the 'Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery' Group, won a Heritage Lottery Bid and many improvement works have been carried out within the cemetery.
The Hebrew Prayer Room is being renovated and when completed will be used not only for burial or dedication services, but also as an Education Room for the groups of school children who have been doing projects within the cemetery.
The roof has been repaired so that there is no more damage done by the rain, the internal ceiling lowered, a new cloakroom facility, a separate sink outside of this area for use during services, new windows, there has been two CCTV cameras erected at the front and back of the burial section, new doors (and possibly external decorative wrought iron gates externally for added security), heating and decoration.
David Simon has I believe the Dedication Stone from the Synagogue on Park Road, plus 2 other plaques which require fixing in the building, and the Consecration Stone from the room itself has been taken down, cleaned (I have it here in my office) and will go back up again shortly when work is complete.
Joyce [Lucas] advises that she thinks the original windows from the building were put into storage and you may know their whereabouts. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated as it may be possible for one of the windows to be either replaced or utilised in some way.
There is to be a Celebration Day in the new year (date to be advised) and I thought it would be appropriate that any pictures or original fittings put on show. Carole Davis Middlesbrough
This is a bit of a long shot, but I am tracing the Gibbon family tree in Guisborough, and one of my ancestors was Ann Weisman/Wiseman. As Redcar is not far, I am wondering if you have her in a tree you may have done. She was born in 1766 in Worstead, Norfolk. Frances Markham The JewishGen Family Finder
[Ed note: We replied as follows]
There was a Wiseman family living in Redcar up to the 1920s. Whether there is any connection with my family, I do not know.
Just to let you know that I am the granddaughter of Rabbi Louis Miller and my granddaughter was just named Basha for Bessie Miller of Blessed Memory. It is a wonderful honor that my granddaughter will be able to read about her great-grandparents' life from so long ago. My brothers, Jonathan and Ari (named for Louis Miller) and myself are the children of Naomi, who was Rabbi Miller's second daughter. Rachelle Newman