The Town Council owns and maintains Bakehouse Square which is a small park just off Westgate. The Park also contains the Bakehouse Square Mural depicting the town's history.
Bakehouse Square greenery
In late medieval times Bakehouse Square used to be the site of the common Bakehouse for residents of the town. Bakehouse Square takes its name from this. Bakehouse Square also used to be a right of way for horses to drink at the beck. In 1992, the Town Council purchased this land in order to ensure its use in perpetuity as a small park and the area as a public amenity. It is now the home of the Bakehouse Square Mural.
The Town Council approached each Primary School in Guisborough regarding this project. In June 1998 Andrew McKeown was selected as the artist to work on the design and Park Lane Infants School and Northgate Junior School agreed they would like to participate in this public work of art.
Guisborough Museum offered their support in view of the theme Guisborough through the Ages and provided invaluable historical information which has been depicted in the final design.
The Town Council received sponsorship from a local communications company and the Department of Education and received a full grant from Northern Arts Lottery Fund to enable the project to be completed.
The Mural has proved very popular with local residents and visitors and was awarded a commendation in the Redcar & Cleveland Design Awards Scheme 2002.