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I have mentioned several times that I live currently in Middlesbrough, known as the worst place to live in the UK, but to be more precise I live in part of the town called Marton. Marton is famous for the fact that Captain James Cook was born here. In the exact place where he was born there is now a Captain Cook Birthplace Museum which is surrounded by one of the most beautiful parks in this area. I visit this park regularly as my daughter loves to feed animals there but I have never visited the museum. Recently I tried but it appeared to be closed for winter. In the park there is a huge map of the world with all Captain Cook’s travels well marked. You can walk on it following his adventures. There is also a replica of the statue from the Easter Island. Across the street from the park there is lovely St. Cuthbert’s church (in this photo) where Captain Cook was baptized in 1728. Obviously there are many more places which refer to this famous traveler and his past. Moreover, there are streets names which refer to Captain Cook travels, James Cook Primary School etc. My daughter was born in James Cook Hospital. May be she will become famous world traveler as well? Recently Marton has witnessed a visit of another well-known to you contemporary world traveler: emka. HERE she has presented a photo from Australia which refers to Captain Cook.

Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.
James Cook was born on 27 October 1728 in the village of Marton and baptised on 3 November in the local church of St. Cuthbert, where his name can be seen in the church register.

The early years of Marton Church are shrouded in mystery. There is no record of its foundation, but there is evidence that it is 12th century Norman. At that time the overlords of the present Parish of Marton were the de Brus family, the most powerful Norman lords in North East Yorkshire; ancestors of Robert the Bruce of Scotland. They had founded Guisborough Priory in 1119, and succeeding generations of the family bestowed gifts of land and property on this and other religious houses in the area. The church at Marton was one of those gifts to Guisborough, given before 1187.
So it remained until 1540 when the Priory was dissolved by King Henry VIII, all the property belonging to the Priory reverting to the Crown. In 1545 the living of Marton was granted to the See of York where it remains to this day.
The church is dedicated to St. Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne and one of the most important Northern Saints, born about 634 who died in 687. His great personal achievements, coupled with the incorruption of his body for several hundred years ensured lasting fame. This popularity was further stimulated in 1104 when his body, still incorrupt, was translated to its purpose built resting place in Durham Cathedral and it was about this time when the Church was dedicated to his name.
In the 1840’s a major refurbishment took place, mainly financed by J.B. Rudd the local squire. A later pen portrait in the Parish magazine tells us that the Church was “restored, widened, and lengthened so that it became, from a little whitewashed, flat ceilinged, sash-windowed, dilapidated edifice with only two aisles and one transept, into the present beautiful building”.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4045 W: 91 N: 10534] (43409)
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