It’s a poem you’d need a heart of stone not to be moved by – but what’s the story behind Ted’s cliff-face carving?

Walker Angela Lidster was hiking the Cleveland Way when her eyes were drawn to a cliff near Boulby .

Gouged into a lofty outcrop, hundreds of feet above the sea, is a thought-provoking poem about a love’s progress through the seasons.

Thousands of people will have seen it – but what’s the story behind it? Angela now hopes Teesside Live readers can provide the answers.

She said: “It is in a very inaccessible place and is carved neatly into the rock but I can find very little reference to it.

“I was fascinated as to why it was there, who they were, when it was done and how long did it take. Any information would be gratefully received.”

Just to add to the intrigue, the opening words of the last two lines have been eroded by years of rain and sea air.

On his Yorkshire Ramblings website, George Layfield says of the “beautiful” words: “They’re inscribed into the cliff and the artist/poet who wrote them certainly had a head for heights.”

Poem engraved into cliff face at Boulby - to Pauline from Ted
Poem engraved into cliff face at Boulby – to Pauline from Ted (Image: UGC)

But who are/were Pauline and Ted and when was it done?

And what’s the story behind Ted’s simple but poignant prose?

Here’s the poem:

Pauline

In spring I saw you

Your eyes shone like dew

In summer we shared

A love we had so true

In autumn they told us

…… nothing we can do

…… winter when you left

Ted

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