Black Bobbies’ Field

This gateway is situated at the northern end of Thornaby Green, a medieval village founded by the Normans – probably called Thormadby after an early owner Thormad with the suffix “by” signifying a settlement. The name Black Bobbies’ derives from the use of part of the land as a football pitch used by the local police team. They frequented a pub near the police station, which became known as Black Bobbies’ as it was often full of policemen in their black uniforms!