Saltburn is a small, picturesque seaside town approximately twelve miles east of Middlesbrough. Old Saltburn was the original settlement, located in Saltburn Gill, and it was once a centre for smugglers in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Henry Pease (1807 – 1881), a prominent politician and railway owner, was responsible for founding the town as we see it today. He had a vision of a town rising on the cliff. The Pease family agreed to develop Henry's vision by forming the Saltburn Improvement Company. Many of the buildings used Pease brick, with the name set into it, and this gave the town a uniform look. The bricks were transported from Darlington by the S&DR.