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Loftus Sword dancers 1958
|The Loftus Sword Dancers take part in a show in the Albert Hall, London, the first of many celebrations to mark the founding of the folk dance and song society in 1898.
More than 700 dancers, singers and musicians from all parts of the country are taking part in the celebrations and the Albert Hall show was watched by Dr. R. Vaughan Williams, president and one of the earliest members of the society.
The Loftus team, who owe much to Mr H Norminton, the enthusiastic headmaster of Loftus County Modern School, which has become the stronghold of the local dance, were: Eric Tyreman, John Hill, Sidney Robson, Peter Dobson, Michael Pearson, Donald Burdon, Brian Snowdon and Eric Lancaster.
The first day of Spring at Boulby Bank, Loftus.
But he'll only be 30 yards from work
|Mr William Fredrick Cocks of 11, Front Row, Furnace Cottages, Carlin How, who retires tomorrow as gate attendant at the Skinningrove works will still be able to see his workmates, for his home is only 30 yards from the gate house where he has worked since July 1927.
Mr Cocks started at Skinningrove works in 1913. He lost a leg in the First World War while serving with the West Yorkshire regiment.
A former vice-chairman of the Cleveland group, British legion, he was one of the founders and former treasurer of the Carlin how and Skinningrove branch.
Dated May 30
Gas Explosion at Skinningrove.
|A loud bang at the Skinningrove Iron Works early today was heard by residents in the district. The explosion, it was learned, was caused by the ignition of a pocket of gas, but no one was injured.
Some damage was caused including that to the base of a high chimney on the works, and it is understood that its structure was also cracked and it may have to be demolished.
Dated June 28
Mr G Skilbeck dies at Loftus.
|The death occurred at his home on Thursday of Mr. G Skilbeck, aged 79 of 6 Westfield Terrace, Loftus, one of the best known residents in the town and who was the oldest tradesman when his retirement was announced last month.
In 1908 with his brother, Mr Frank Skilbeck, he began in business in the town as newsagent, stationer and printer. The business is carried on by Mr. Frank Skilbeck.
The oldest member of Loftus Chamber of Trade, Mr Skilbeck edited the “Loftus Advertiser”. Which ceased publication some years ago, and in his younger days was a correspondent for a number of newspapers.
He was a part vice-president of Loftus Athletic Club in the town, and served on the committee when Loftus Albion F. C. were a northern league side. For many years Mr. Skilbeck walked to and from the old church at Liverton to worship and took an active interest in the amateur dramatic society which used to function at Liverton Mines. He was a keen amateur photographer and gardener. The funeral takes place on Monday.
Dated April 5th.
Lone Widow found dead at Loftus
|Mrs Anne Holliday aged 77 of 23 Coronation Road, Loftus was found dead at her home today. A widow Mrs Holliday lived alone, but was visited each day by relatives who assisted her with her housework.
Mr Norman Judson & Miss Ann Norminton
|Mr Norman Judson of Skelton and Miss Anne Norminton, of Loftus who were married at St Leonard’s Church, Loftus
Mr Donald Bryne & Miss Joan Tebble
|Mr Donald Byrne of Staithes and Miss Joan Tebble of Skinningrove after their wedding at Skinningrove Methodist Chapel.
Mr Charles Gill & Miss Marjorie Easton
|Mr Charles Gill and Miss Marjorie Easton, both of Loftus after their wedding at Arlington Road, Methodist Church, Loftus.
Married in 1908 at the Church he built
|Mr and Mrs Charles Hebditch of Briardale, West Road, Loftus who are well known in the town celebrated their Golden Wedding quietly yesterday.
They were married at Loftus Congregational Church and have lived in the town all their married life.
In business for 52 years as a builder, Mr Hebditch is still working normally and every day is busy at his bench. A native of Scarborough he went to Loftus to build the Congregational which was opened in 1906 and was then among the first to be married in the church, He has also been a public works contractor and is responsible for the erection of many buildings in the Cleveland area including the Pannett Art Gallery at Whitby and the Guisborough nurses home.
He is a life member of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society and his other hobby is reading, preferably Greek history. Mrs Hebditch was born at Beck hole Grosmont and they have a daughter, one son and two grandchildren.
Dated May 28
Loftus Mans fatal collapse
|Mr Thomas H Duck aged 67 of 8 Coronation Road Loftus collapsed while walking near his home last night, he was taken to Brotton hospital but was dead on arrival.
Dated June 7th.
|Youngsters watch as a van tries to pass along the flooded Brotton Road at Carlin How. For some time yesterday all traffic was diverted by Kilton Lane, which itself was 18 inches deep in parts.
Completed his shift at ironworks, died
|MR Richard William Hodgon ,aged 66, of 45 Coronation Road, Loftus collapsed and died at Skinningrove works last night. Mr Hodgson had completed his shift and was waiting his turn to clock out when he collapsed.
Dog took the hook
|Fishing line incident at Loftus
Eight year old Paul Calvert, son of Mr and Mrs Norman Calvert of Britannia Inn, Loftus, was playing with a toy fishing rod line and hook on Wednesday when the family’s pet spaniel named “Shandy” playfully jumped for the hook, before the little boy could snatch it away “Shandy’s teeth has closed over the line and the barbed hook had passed through its tongue near the throat.
Mr Calvert told a friend, Mr Robert Keeling, Licensee of the Angel Hotel on the opposite side of the Market place and with Shandy in the back of the car Mr Keeling drove Mr Calvert and his dog to a veterinary surgeon. Using a general anaesthetic the surgeon extracted the hook and barb. “Shandy” a liver coloured spaniel was taken home, wrapped warmly in blankets and is now recovering
Dated June 6th
£50 Taken but £150 left
|Inquiries were continuing by the police today in to a robbery from the canteen at the Skinningrove works which was discovered on Saturday.
It was found that the door of the safe in the canteen had been sawn off. It fell out when it was opened by the canteen manager.
About £50 in money had been stolen from the safe, but the puzzling feature is that the thief left about £150 in £5, £1 notes and silver in the safe.
Mr Derek McLean & Miss Marion Cox
|Mr Derek McLean the Middlesbrough F.C inside forward of Brotton and Miss Marion Cox of Loftus, leaving St Leonard’s Parish Church, Loftus after their Wedding.
Dated June 9th
Mr Thomas William Hart.
|Mr Thomas William Hart who works at the pitside at Skinningrove Iron works, spends much of his spare time lobstering, and here he is seen working on his lobster pots on the beach at Skinningrove. He is also a member of the Coastguard Lifesaving Corps and has taken part in several cliff rescues
Mr Reginald Moss & Miss Margaret Hitchen
|Mr Reginald Moss of Loftus and Miss Margaret Hitchen of Staithes who were married at Staithes Methodist Church
Stormy Start for resorts
|This is Easter 1958.
The traditional start of the season for seaside resorts, it was marked with winds and high spring tides which washed away all hopes of a good beginning for places on the east coast.
Deck chairs and beach tents had been brought out of store, shops and cafes spruced up, and all was ready to welcome the visitors. Then the weather wrecked it all.
Redcar had its share of the weather tricks. The spring tide was the highest for many years, and on the Right (above) the waves are seen lashing the children’s playground between the bandstand and the new pavilion.
The waves retreat
|Below, the waves retreat and hundreds of sightseers survey the disorder.|
Mr Michael Maxwell & Miss Norma Rivett
|Mr Michael D. Maxwell of Bidston, Cheshire and Miss Norma M Rivett of Loftus after their wedding at St Josephs RC Church, Loftus.
|The railway line between Loftus and Whitby is in the news because of its coming closure – but an interesting side light on the line in this area is illustrated by the two pictures.
On the left (top) is a viaduct, about 150ft high, which used to carry the line between Carlin how and Loftus over a beautiful wooded valley, one of the finest walks in the district. The photograph incidentally belongs to Mr J Husband of 62 Coronation Street, Carlin How.
The viaduct however can no longer be seen – and for a rather odd reason. When the pillars, made from Sandstone, began to show signs of wear, it was decided to fill in part of the valley up to the height of the viaduct. For this purpose shale was brought from Liverton mines and after a culvert had been constructed to carry the stream, the build up continued until the landmark had disappeared and the railway ran on an embankment instead of a bridge. Local memories differ as to the year the work was completed but 1908 is the majority opinion.
And the result can be seen in our photograph on the right (below) where the embankment casts its dark shadow where once the bridge had stood.
Bridged up 2
|When the pillars on this viaduct began to weaken the valley was filled up and the viaduct became an embankment.
|Loftus Minister retiring
Rev. Maurice Cleggs long service
The Rev. Maurice Clegg, who has been minister in charge of Loftus Congregational Church for eleven and a half years is to retire from the active ministry in July. He will continue to live in Loftus and assist when and where necessary in his present church and other churches in the congregational district. A successor has not yet been appointed.
For nearly three an a half years the Rev. M.Clegg represented Dr Barnardos homes in the west Riding of Yorkshire, his head quarters being in Bradford. He has also held pastorates at Dent in the Yorkshire Dales, Baldock in Hertfordshire, Soham in Cambridgeshire and Dovercourt in Essex.
During his ministry at Loftus he has interested himself in several organisations and the life of the town in general and is at present, chairman of Loftus National Savings Committee.
|Another chapter in local railway history is now closing with the taking up of the Skinningrove zig-zag line. Workmen are busy taking out the metals and sleepers of the line which link up with the main Middlesbrough – Loftus railway line at Carlin Howe.
The zig-zag line served Loftus mines, the gas plant at Skinningrove, domestic coal depots and the now disused Bells mine at Carlin Ho. The iron ore from Loftus now goes up to Skinningrove Iron works by buckets on the serial ropeway, and its timber for underground work is conveyed to the mine by lorries.
A similar means of transport now serves the gas plant and alternative arrangements for domestic coal supplies have been made at Loftus.
Picture 1. Workmen load scrap material on Skinningrove zig-zag railway line which is now being taken up.
|picture 2. Mr R Clough from Darlington District Engineers Department of British Railways burns through a rail so that it can be loaded.
Monday 5th May 1958
|Tom Sutherland, the driver and young Peter Appleton the fireman, have a word with station inspector L. Proudfoot at Middlesbrough, before taking the last regular steam train to Whitby.
End of the Line for Loftus
|After three quarters of a century the Loftus - Whitby railway line was closed on Saturday for economic reasons. TOM ASHWORTH made the sentemental journey on the last regular train, labelled appropriately enough by a young passenger "The Economist"
A chapter if railway history ended when the Loftus - Whitby coast line closed on Saturday night and railway enthusiasts from all over Britain were there to see that the sad event was fittingly recorded.
Just as a much more famous train, the six-five special was clattering across millions of television screens. I rode into Whitby in the guard’s van of the last rain from Loftus to Whitby.
Three quarters of a century after cheering crowds had given a rousing send-off from Whitby to Loftus, guard Norman Watson of Bradford and I were the last people to travel by train over on of the most picturesque stretches of track in Britain.
Our triumphant 16 ½ mile journey was punctuated by cheers, tears and the incessant clicking of camera shutters. Schoolboys, university students and elderly gentlemen all united in the common bond of railway lore, hung out of the carriage windows, wrote in notebooks and took camera shots of everything and everybody. They had come from all parts of the country to make this historic journey.
One of them David Lowther a 14 year old schoolboy from Upper Poppleton, near York, even brought an epitaph in the form of a headboard for the engine pulling the last train. In neat black letters it proclaimed “The Economist” – a silent reproach to British Railway pundits who decreed the closure of the line.
After carefully fixing the board in position, David stood on the platform with his grandmother, Mrs Hannah Sayer of Park View Loftus and a friend Peter Craggs of Meanwood, Leeds. “I suppose it had to come to this” he remarked glumly, “but I still think they could have TRIED to keep the line going”.
The Norman two coach set had been extended to five to cope with the demand for seats. At Loftus, driver Tom Sutherland of Whitby and his fireman, 17 year old Peter Appleton, posed for photographs and signed Autograph books as though they had been used to this sort of thing all their lives.
Station Master J.L. Besford said he had not seen so many people since the snow blocked roads and brought increased traffic to the line. Ten year old twins Barbara and Kathleen Stoot and 13 year old Lillian Raw who, with their mothers had travelled from Whitby with the intention of riding in the last compartment of the last train home were disappointed. The last compartment was locked. In it were a honeymoon couple, Mr & Mrs Norman Stedman. Mr Stedman of Fontwell, Sussex and his bride formerly Miss Elizabeth N Kay-Evans of 23 Richard Street, North Skelton had got in at Brotton when the train was just a train before it became a piece of history. Guard Watson explained: “I locked them in the last compartment because the one they were in originally was covered in confetti”. A few compartments further up. Mrs Peggy Theaker, booking parcels and Clerk at Loftus was travelling home to Staithes by train for the last time. From today Mrs Theaker and porter Lawrence Wicks, who also lives at Staithes will go to work by bus.
As the train pulled in at Staithes Mrs Theaker got out and Mr Fred Dowson, who did her job from 1897 – 1901 got in. Mr Dowson who is 83 was travelling home to Scarborough. He did not travel on the first train but remembers the track being laid and in 54 years’ railway service he knew this section of line better than most people.
On from Staithes to Hinderwell where there was another crowd waiting. More photographs more cheers and then we puffed round the wide sweep of Runswick Bay to the tiny hamlet of Kettleness. Here the excitement of the railway enthusiasts reached its peak, for the last train in the opposite direction was waiting to receive the tablet to enable it to enter the single line stretch. Hundreds of people stood on the little platform among them Mr J B McClurg, clerk to Whitby Rural Council who had fought hard to save the line. Tom Sutherland who has made hundreds of journeys through Kettleness had never seen a bigger crowd at this point. This was were we saw the tears, from the people of Kettleness who had turned out in force. To them, living nearly two miles from the bus route, the closure of the line means a return to stage coach days and in winter, complete isolation. Finally, hugging the coast, through the deep tunnel nearly a mile long and round to Sandsend. A brief halt, more photographs and we set out on the last stage to Whitby. As we rumbled over the East row viaduct a little knot of people waved from below. Among them was Miss Edith Jackson of Holme Lea, who was a girl of nine when the first train ran, and travelled on the day it opened. We steamed into West Cliff station and people living in the houses next to the line congregated along their fences and waved. Station Master Ernest Thwaytes was there on the platform to cast a professional eye at the engine, which had been given a special polish in honour of the occasion. Although the end of the line form the closure point of view, this was not the end of the journey for the train crew. They had to take the train to Scarborough and back to Whitby before their tour of duty had finished. But the excitement had gone. From now on our triumphant train was just the 6.2p.m. Whitby to Scarborough. And surprisingly enough after all the hoo-hah she was only six minutes late!
Footnote: for the purists, our train was not the last one from Loftus to Staithes. This distinction went to the 5.30 p.m. from Middlesbrough, known to railwaymen as the “Football Special” which arrived at Staithes at 6.40pm on Saturday night with little or no ballyhoo.
Romance takes a trip
|Romance takes a trip… on the train as newly weds Mr and Mrs J Stedman board it at Brotton to go on their honeymoon. The bride, formerly Miss Elizabeth Kay-Evans of North Skelton gives a farewell kiss to her mother.
|West-Cliff - The historic part of the journey is nearly ended a sthe old stem train arrives at West Cliff. It went on to Scarborough to complete the run, but Whitby saw the end of the ballyhoo. From then on the trains moment of Glory was over…
Mr Harry Waite
|Loftus Funeral of Mr. Harry Waite – The funeral took place today of Mr. Harry Waite aged 79 years of 13 St Hilda’s terrace, Loftus, who was well known in local trade union circles. Mr Waite spent all his working life at the local mines and for many years up to about two years ago was the union collector for the Loftus mines branch. In his younger days he was actively connected with football in the town, both as a player and trainer. For 25 years with his wife he was caretaker at Loftus Parish Church.|
|Loftus Butchers retirement – A well known business man in the town Mr Tom George Featherstone of Zetland Road Loftus, retires today. He has been a butcher in the town since 1908 and is a familiar figure at local auction marts. Mr Featherstone who comes from the East Riding had his first shop in Loftus High Side and moved to his present premises in 1914. He has been a member of Loftus Chamber of Trade for many years and intends to live in the town during his retirement.|
Mr J R Garner & Miss R A Small
|Mr John R Garner of Loftus and Miss Ruby Agnes Small of Carlin how, who were married at Guisborough.
Cow with a wooden Leg?
|You must have heard of the cow with the crumpled horn, but have you ever heard of a cow with a wooden leg? This piece of surgery is no modern marvel. A veterinary surgeon carried out this operation on this cow at Malton in 1887.
Loftus couples Golden Wedding
|Mr and Mrs George Robert Brough of 51 Rosedale Crescent Loftus, who celebrate their Golden Wedding today, have lived in the town all their married life. Married at Guisborough they have five sons, five daughters and 19 grandchildren.
Born at Pickering, Mr Brough 69, retired three years ago. He was employed at Skinningrove Ironworks for 34 years, and had previously worked for 20 years in the Cleveland mines.
In the First World War he served with the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire regiment and is a founder member of the Loftus British Legion. Born at Loftus, Mrs Brough 69, is a member of the women’s section of the Loftus British Legion.
When was the bridge made an embankment?
|Re your photograph of the Kilton viaduct in Wednesdays evening Gazette, I enclose a photograph which shows that the filling of the viaduct was by no means completed in 1908, as the derailment shown took place on Saturday May 29th 1909.
I was a junior clerk in Carlin How mineral office at the time and well remember the incident. The derailment was caused by a landslide between the north end of the viaduct and Skinningrove station. The chief reason for filling the viaduct in was not so much the wear of the pillars as the above mentioned land movement. Large cracks began to appear between the slabs forming the pillars and approach mainly to the north end.
L.Wood (ex stationmaster, Yarm)
Your short article suggested 1908 as the completion date of the embankment around the stone viaduct between Carlin How and Loftus.
This embankment was not commenced until late 1911 or early 1912 and was completed sometime around the end of 1913. On a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon in January 1911, I travelled from Sheffield to Loftus to take up a post as a draughtsman at the Skinningrove Iron Co. I was dark on arriving at Saltburn and catching a train along the coast, we travelled as far as Carlin How where everybody was directed to change to board a waiting North east motor char-a-banc, one with open transverse tiers of seats rising towards the back of the vehicle, on which we were carried across the valley to Loftus. This was owing to rail traffic across the valley having being stopped temporarily that day to enable repairs to be made to the viaduct. It was late in 1911 or early 1912 before the reinforced concrete culvert was built under the viaduct and then the task of building the embankment commenced, spoil being taken by tip wagons from the m mine adits in the valley, a temporary track being laid part of the way along the Carlin How side of the valley to reach the embankment during the early stages of tipping. I left the district for a long period in September 1913 and the embankment was then either just completed or in its final stages. My short journey between Saltburn and Carlin How that day was made doubly interesting as the carriage was full or Ironstone miners who were full of the fact that the young Squire Wharton had that day been “blooded” I had never been in the district before, but took an instinctive liking to my homely fellow travellers in the carriage, and that combined perhaps with the hot meal and the warmest of welcomes for the ladies of the house which I was to lodge, gave me a liking for Cleveland and its charm which has never left me.
Fred L Smith. Hob Hill Close, Saltburn.
The reason for the burying of Kilton Viaduct was the subsidence that resulted from Ironstone mining underneath the pillars. This became so bad that the line was closed in January 1911 and rail passengers carried between Loftus and Skinningrove in Motor char-a bancs. Approximately three-quarters of a million tons of spoil form the nearby mines were used to earth up the viaduct. Another railway bridge in the neighbourhood had also suffered considerably from the effects of subsidence. The railway line between Boosbeck and Brotton crosses the road from Lingdale to New Skelton by a single arch bridge. When this subsided a second bridge was built on top of it in order to maintain the railway at its correct level. The lower of the two brick arches has also had to be heavily reinforced with old rails.
P W B Semmens, 52 Belle Vue Grove, Middlesbrough.
Special treat for his 94th birthday
|Five Generations - Mr Fredrick Andrew, Mrs Hannah Cuthbert, Mr Jospeh F Cuthbert, Mrs June Shaw and baby Stephen
The oldest resident in the town Mr Fredrick Andrew of 18 Hartington Street , Loftus is celebrating his 94th birthday today, but the first of his birthday treats came last night.
It was a visitor who knew little about it, three week old Stephen Shaw of 49 High Row, Loftus, and it was the first time the pair had met. And the reason for the special visit? Well Stephen is the fifth generation of the family of which Mr Andrew is the head. The others in line are Mrs Hannah Cuthbert, Mr Andrews’s daughter, and he lives with her , Mr Joseph F Cuthbert of 3 Valley Avenue Loftus and Mrs June Shaw, Stephens mother.
To celebrate the occasion of his birthday today Mr Andrew will be entertained at a family party and do full justice to the fare, for he has an excellent appetite. He is now somewhat deaf, but has good eyesight, he enjoys his pipe and did his own gardening up to two years ago.
Began work at eight
Born at the Angel Inn Loftus, where his father was Licensee, Mr Andrew has never lived outside the town. Times were hard in those days and as he was a youngster when his father died Mr Andrew started work at he ripe old age of eight. “working for a ginger beer man” to quote his words. He retired when he was 65 years old, and had then worked for 42 years on the surface at Loftus Ironstone mines. He recalls when Loftus had the majority of its houses grouped around the market place and talks of the times when the best bands in the country came to take part in band contests.
Mr Andrews’s recollections are also of the famous Loftus Wool Fair when the market place used to be packed for a week with all kinds of stalls and amusements. He has one son and four daughters.
Theft of Poultry and rabbits
|Offenders fined at Loftus
At Loftus magistrates court on Wednesday, Mr J R Johnson, presiding, three Skinningrove men, Harry Stone, (33) Ridley Terrace, Ronald S Garner (28) Chapel Street and Gordon Pearson (21) Beach Road were jointly charged with stealing poultry value £2 10s from a shed in Skinningrove and geese and rabbits valued £9 13s. James Arthur Stone )31) Westray Street, Carlin How pleaded guilty to a charge of being jointly concerned in the theft of three geese worth £6 15s. the subject of the second charge against the first three men. Harry Stone and Ronald Garner were each fined £16 and ordered to make restitution of £2 19s 7d. Gordon Pearson was fined £10 and ordered to pay £2 19s 7d and James Arthur Stone was fined £5 with £2 13 9df restitution. The magistrates complimented PC Glue for his work in the cases. Alan and Shirley Ditchburn of Cowescote. Crescent Loftus pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault on Eileen Margaret Oliver of the same crescent. In a cross summons Oliver pleaded not guilty of assault on Shirley Ditchburn. The parties were each bound over in the sum of £10 to keep the peace for twelve months.
Lockwood Beck 1958
|To the motorist passing along the Whitby to Guisborough moor road on a sunny day, Lockwood beck reservoir, near Birk brow flashes a cheery welcome. Our photographer did not pass by , but stopped his car and took this waters edge view.
Mr Vernon Wiseman & Miss Joan Clough
|Mr Vernon Wiseman of Norwich and Miss Joan Clough of Loftus after their wedding at St Leonard’s Church, Loftus. The brides father is licensee of the Station Hotel Loftus and formerly of the Grey Bull Hotel Wolsingham.
Loftus man steels sleepers shovel.
|James Shoredon (39) of Coronation Road Loftus was fined£2 at Loftus yesterday when he pleaded “guilty” to stealing wooden sleepers. He pleaded “not guilty” to a second charge of steeling a shovel and was fined 10s. It was stated by Sgt, A Bright that P C Glue went to the home of Shoredon and saw a number of sleepers. When questioned he said he had taken them from the railway sidings near Skinningrove. The constable noticed a shovel marked NRYCC and when asked about it Shoredon said he had taken it home during the time he had been employed by North Ringing County Council on Snow cutting. Shoredon said in court that he signed for the shovel when he was working for North Riding County Council and had forgotten about it in the shed.
He had not been told when he signed for it that he had to hand it in when he ceased employment.
Mock attack at Loftus
|Over 120 civil defence volunteers and members of the ambulance cadets took part in a civil defence exercise “Loftus” held at Loftus and Liverton Mines yesterday. The exercise was planned on the assumption that damage had been caused as the result of a nuclear explosion to the west and the “casualties” cadets from Loftus and 15 Red Cross cadets form Northallerton. The object of the exercise was to test and demonstrate the efficiency of those taking part and illustrate that each section is able to carry out its functions as the result of its dependence on other sections. The services taking part yesterday were headquarters personnel, wardens, special constables and welfare section from Loftus and Redcar and Ambulance and casualty collecting personnel of the auxiliary fire service from Loftus, Redcar and Guisborough.
Mr Tom Stonehouse & Miss Margaret Bowes
|Mr Tom Stonehouse of Loftus and Miss Margaret Bowes of Carlin Howe, who were married at St Leonard's Church, Loftus.
Mr Terence Alderson & Miss Doreen Scott
|Mr Terence Alderson of Carlin How and Miss Doreen Scott of Loftus, after their wedding at St Leonard's Church, Loftus.
The Last Train
|The Last Train nears Sandsend, along the track which runs so close to the cliff edge.
Their Final Meeting
|Their final meeting. The last train between Middlesbrough and Whitby passing each other at Kettleness, which is now without any public transport.
Mr Eric Rodgers and Miss Iris George
|Mr Eric Rodgers of Skinningrove and Miss Iris George of Liverton Mines who were married at Arlington Street Methodist Church, Loftus.
Funeral of Loftus Mines Saddler
|The funeral took place today of Mr George Tyler, aged 58 of 61 High Strteet, Loftus. He had worked at Loftus mines for 44 years serving his apprenticeship as a saddler, working with Mr. Fred Taylor, and in 1936 became the saddler for the mines.
He was well known in Cleveland sporting circles, particularly as a billiards player.
Playing for the Skinningrove Institute team, he won medals including those for the Cleveland League Division I championships of 1927-28 and the Divison II championships of 1920 and 1924-25.
Mr Taylor was a member of the well known Methodist family and his father was a local preacher. He leaves a widow.
Gift for Retired Loftus Melter
|L-R Mr. F.C. Senior (first-hand smelter), MR A Burdett, Mr R, Kennedy (one of the younger smelters), Mr A Marley (Landlord of the White Horse) and Mr. R. G. Proctor and Mr E Peel who organised the presentaion.
A presentation was made to Mr. Arthur Burdett of 30 West Road, Loftus, at the loftus White Horse Hotel last night. It was to mark his recent retirement as a first-hand smelter at the Skinningrove works where he has been employed for 36 years.
On behalf of Mr Burdett's workmates, Mr R, G, Proctor, melting shop manager, presented him with an inscribed chiming clock and the ceremony was attended by workmates. It was organised by Mr. E. Peel and followed by a social evening.
Well known in the district, Mr Burdett played for the Loftus Albion Northern League football team in his younger days, and was in the side which played Bishoip Auckland in the semi-final of the English F.A. Amateur Cup.
He was a member of the Skinningrove Miners' Silver Band which won the second section at Crystal Palace in 1910.
Now Mr Burdett is going on hioliday to New Zealand to visit his son, who emigrated 8 years ago.
On the rails
|Heres a picture taken by a local railway man, Mr R Sessin, of the new turntable in the Carlin How yard.
Carlin How railway yard may be only a small link on the huge complex system operated by British Railways but it has not been forgotten in the national efforts to modernise facilities. Until recently the yard was unable to handle the largest of locomotives because of the small turntable in operation.
Now an electrically operated turntable capable of handling locomotives of 140 tons has been installed and Carlin How's efficiency in controlling the flow of rail traffic will be improved considerably.
In the past, the yard was only able to turn round the lighter locomotives because of the steep gradients near Saltburn and Brotton, two of these engines were needed to push the lines of trucks.
This is no longer a handicap. With the acommodation for turing round the largest of engines, only one loco will be needed to take traffic out of Carlin How.
Nor will the drivers - on a lighter note - have to drive their large locomotives backwards from Carlin How - a procedure which in our summer weather, results in them getting soaked!
Skinningrove Carnival Queen
|At least Miss Joan England, Skinningrove Carnival Queen won't get sea sick as she poses for this picture with her retinue.
Saltburn Joker risks his neck
|A practical joker risked his life to give residents and holiday makers an early morning shock at Saltburn today.
For beneath the centre span of the 180ft high Halfpenny Toll Bridge which spans the Valley Gardens – the scene of many suicides in the past years – hung a lifelike dummy from the end of a 20ft rope which swayed to and fro in the breeze.
Many people had reported a “body” hanging from the bridge to the police.
Among the first to see it was Mrs Amy Jackson, aged 56, of the Toll Bridge Cottage. She glanced out of her bedroom window and saw the dummy swinging from the end of the rope about 50 yards away.
A Nasty Shock
“I got a nasty shock” she told the Evening Gazette, later.
From my window it looked very real, I was sure someone had hanged himself. Whoever the culprit was he might have used his energy to better purpose than to frighten people in this way.
Toll keeper John William Jackson aged 68, went on duty at 7 a.m. but did not notice the dummy. As he crossed the bridge he did see a number of white – painted footprints, about a dozen in all and paint marks on the rail
“I knew nothing about it until the police arrived” he said.
Whoever hung the dummy must have risked his life, for it was tethered on girders on the underside of the bridge. It is thought that he must have climbed over the rail with the help of a rope.
The problem of how to get the effigy down was solved by a local builder, Mr Fred Gall. Using a grappling iron, he hung it over the side of the bridge, but as he began to haul the dummy up its rope snapped and it hurtled into a stream below
Tied to it was a notice board, but when the dummy was recovered it was found that the board read: Motor vehicles cannot use this bridge.
The Dummy had been carefully made. It had on black shoes, grey socks, a pair of dark grey trousers, grey jersey and a cap, the face was a painted carnival type mask. Its body was a sack stuffed with newspaper and its legs consisted of a woman’s nylon stockings also stuffed with paper. A needle and thread had been used to stitch it together.
Grand Old Man of Cleveland Moors
|The Weather beaten face above belongs to a man of the moors. In a hundred years those sparkling eyes have mirrored good times and bad and kept their humour, yet always they have shone even brighter when they have surveyed the North Yorkshire moors.
For Mr. Edwin Johnson, of Great Ayton, who celebrates his 100th birthday tomorrow, could well be called “The Grand Old Man of the Moors”. But old in years only. Visitors to the quiet paths of Cleveland will often find him stepping out as sprightly as a youngster on his regular walks.
In all the years since he was born at Hinderwell, one of the village policeman’s family of 11 Mr Johnson has never been far from the rolling moors.
He started work in the mines at Grosmont when he was eight, and, like a man who has enjoyed life, his memory has proved remarkably retentive. He can recall those early days when he was sent to the surface to buy newspapers recording the Franco-Prussian War. And when the news of how the battle was going was read out by one of the few miners who could read, smaller battles often broke out among the English workers for partisanship ran high.
It was 70 years ago that Mr Johnson moved from the coast to Great Ayton. With all his possessions in a bundle on a stick and 2s in his pocket, he walked off like many another young man to seek his fortune. He found it in the extensive coal business of Johnson Brothers, now carried on by his sons.
But first he found work in the whinstone mines. Then, with the enterprise he has shown throughout his life, he spent his total wealth - £12 – on a pony and cart, “which left me absolutely broken”.
With these he started to lead coals and do other odd jobs. That was the beginning. Selling coals, fire wood and paraffin which he hawked throughout the district, the business grew.
Another enterprise was the launching of the first bus service between Stokesley and Middlesbrough.
All this time, the man of business was still the man of the moors – and the church. For Mr Johnson has always been a zealous supporter of the Methodist cause and was for 78 years a lay preacher, frequently walking miles to keep his preaching appointments.
“I can and still do preach” says Mr Johnson. “On Sunday week I am due to speak at the camp meeting at Newby which I have led for over 40 years.” He is the holder of the lay preacher’s long service certificate and has held every office open to a layman in connection with the Rose Hill Methodist Church, including that of Sunday school teacher for 70 years.
Man of business , man of the moors, man of the church. And still Mr Johnson found time for other things. He turned to local government, and represented Great Ayton on the parish, rural district and county councils.
Two daughters and four sons of Mr Johnson are still alive, and he has 18 grandchildren and 25 Great-grandchildren, many of whom will attend a celebration party on Monday
June 7th 1958
Tiny Moorlands School
|The seven pupils of tiny Scaling School having a painting lesson under the instruction of their teacher, Miss Nancy Jordan.
A Loftus School Teacher, Miss Nancy Jordan plays on both sides when her pupils have a game of cricket. This is necessary because her school, at Scaling on the Whitby-Guisborough moor road is one of Yorkshire's smallest, having only seven pupils.
The need for the school is vanishing rapidly and it will close on Friday, after which the seven will be transfered to Loftus, six miles away. There are only two prospective pupils in the area it serves - and they are both babies.
What do the children think about the change? "It's smashing" said Andrew Chisholm aged nine. "Now we will be able to play proper cricket".
From scattered farms
Andrew and his brother Michael, aged seven, live at the village garage, and are the only Scaling children attending the school. The other five come in by bus or taxi from scattered farms. Four of them, Graham Scott aged ten, and his sister Maureen, who is six, of Tranmire, and the twins Edmund and Mary Sunley, aged ten, of Gerrick, Moorsholm, live more than three miles away. The fifth Freda Thompson aged 11, lives at Waupley, which is somewhat nearer.
Miss Jordan says the children have excellent attendance records despite their isolated homes which are often surrounded by deep snow in the winter.
She herself has come out from her home in West Road, Loftus, by bicycle, motor scooter and car, but when the weather is really bad she walks, taking short cuts over the fields. "I did blot my 100 per cent record one rough day last winter when I could get not farther than Liverton," she added.
Moor sheep nibble the roadside grass and invade the garden surrounding the tiny one room school. Opposite is the huge man-made lake Scaling reservoir, on the far fringe of which kittiwakes and mallard nest hard by grouse, pheasant and other moorland dwellers.
In such surroundings it is not surprising that Freda Thompson has collected 241 different wild flowers this summer.
School dinners will be a novelty to the children, who are used to sharing their mid-day sandwiches over a pot of tea brewed by their teacher. Electric light and piped water are comparitively recent innovations as is a radio set installed since Miss Jordan came to Scaling seven years ago. "There were 21 pupils then". she recalled. "We had oil lamps and in the winter it was so dark that sometimes we could not see to write. Water came from a pump which was often frozen solid. We had to borrow boiling water from the villagers to thaw it out for our mid-day tea."
During the oil lamp and pump era Miss Jordan took the children on an eventful visit to Loftus school. "They were facinated and spent much of their time switching the lights on and off and flushing the toilet."
1901 foundation stone
The school is used as church every Sunday morning, when the Rector of Easington and Rural Dean of Guisborough, Canon A. H. Watson, travels 4 1/2 miles from Easington to conduct the service. It is hoped that this use will continue, although official confirmation has not yet been received from Northallerton.
The stone-built school, 15 yards square was opened on April 8 1902, by Miss Palmer, daughter of Sir Mark Palmer, of Grinkle Park. There were eight pupils. A weather-worn foundation stone, almost hidden by rose bushes, announces that it was laid by Mr George Britche, chairman of Easington's first school board, on August 15 1901.
Repairs and decorations included in this years work schedule for North Riding Education Committee are still going on at the school. It is understood that in accordance with the usual procedure, the school will be offered for sale, preference being given to its use for local amenities.
|The couple of tough hombres here have their guns holstered and it could mean trouble – if it were not for the cherubic expressions on their faces. Youngsters who took part in the fancy dress parade at Loftus Women’s Institute garden party are (left to right) Kathleen Bradley, Susan Smelt, Janet Newton, Pauline Hewitt and John Fothergill (EG).|
Loftus presentaion to Iron Works man
|Mr C Reed, works manager, presents a chiming clock to Mr F. C. Senior (Left) who is retiring after 40 years’ service with the Skinningrove Iron Co. Also seen are Mr K Coverdale (second from Left), secretary of the local branch of BISAKTA, and Mr T Codling
A presentation to Mr Fred Senior of 65 Rosedale crescent, Loftus, who recently retired from the Skinningrove Iron Works took place at a social evening in the Loftus Angel Inn last night.
He began work at Skinningrove Iron works in 1910, served for four years in the first world war and worked 39 years in the melting shop a the works. In addition, he was a delegate to the BISAKTA union, and was the first ambulance driver at the works.
Last night hr received an inscribed chiming clock from his colleagues in the melting shop and it was presented by Mr C. A. Reed of Saltburn, director and works manager of the Skinningrove Iron Co Ltd.
In handing over the gift, Mr Reed recalled that when he went to the Skinningrove Iron Works over 24 years ago, Mr Senior was the delegate who gave him a welcome on behalf of the men in the shop. He paid tribute to the services of Mr Senior and expressed good wishes for his retirement. The chairman was Mr K Coverdale and Mr R. G. Proctor, melting shop manager was also present.
|Finding a few square yards of beach on which to laze, read, play with the kiddies or just watch one’s fellow beings, was not an easy matter at Redcar yesterday, as our picture of crowded sands and promenade shows. In fact, the fine weather drew one of the largest Sunday crowds of the season to the resort. [EG]
Mr R Bielby and Miss S Carveth
|Mr Raymond Bielby of Loftus and Miss Shirley Carveth of Carlin How, who were married at Arlington Street Methodist Church, Loftus.
Mr T.K. Gibson and Miss S M Aconley
|Mr T K Gibson, son of Mr And Mrs L K Gibson of North Road, Loftus and Miss Sheila M. Aconley, daughter of Mr and Mrs E Aconley of Manor Farm, Newton-on-Rawcliffe, Pickering, after their wedding at Newton-on-Rawcliffe Parish Church.
Mr D Bainbridge & Miss S Rowe
|Mr Dennis Bainbridge of Greenhow Farm, Loftus and Miss Shirley Rowe of Brotton after their wedding at Loftus Congregational Church.
What will be their fate?
|Twenty three horses have given long, faithful service at the Loftus mine of the Skinningrove Iron Co. But now the mine is to close what will be their fate?
At the moment there has been only one inquiry regarding them. They are of the heavy draught type, and have been at work for periods varying from a few months to eight or nine years. Until a year ago they were stabled under ground, now their stables are on the surface. But where will they find their next home?
The question will be asked 23 times. For there are 23 horses which will be out of a job when the Loftus mine of the Skinningrove Iron Co, closes down. Here are just two of them – Dart, a newcomer to the stable, held by Mr Tom Smith, on the left and 20 year old Drummer, the pit veteran, with Mr George Adamson. They are just entering the mine shaft….form daylight to darkness.
Motor Cycle accident
|Killed six weeks after wedding
An Engineer aged 23, Mr Basil Holmes Jackson, who lived with his parents, Mr and Mrs. A. Jackson at Lesbury, 22 Crescent Avenue, Whitby, was killed yesterday when his motorcycle was in a collision with a bus on the Carlin How Bank.
His wife, Mrs Brenda Jackson who was riding pillion on the machine, is detained in Middlesbrough General Hospital with head injuries.
Mr and Mrs Jackson were married only on June 28. Both belong to well known Whitby families. Mrs Jackson’s parents, Mr and Mrs. T. S. Lowis live at 23 West Cliffe Avenue, Whitby.
The accident occurred under a bridge on the bank which carries the main Middlesbrough-Loftus railway line.
A service bus belonging to Saltburn Motor Services Ltd. was travelling down the bank. The motor-cycle was going towards Carlin How.
The road was blocked for some time as a result of the accident, and motor traffic other than buses was diverted via Skinningrove village. Two Ambulances were called from Brotton, one from the ambulance station itself and the other contacted by radio.
No one was hurt in the bus, which was damaged on its front offside. The motor-cycle was badly damaged.
Mrs Jackson’s condition was said today to be ‘poor’.
|The chairman of Loftus Urban council, Coun H Richardson and Mrs Richardson lead the Civic Sunday processions into St Helen’s Church, Carlin How. Following them are the mayor and mayoress of Redcar, Coun and Mrs R Hall and other civic heads.
Mr J Frankland & Miss N Peart
|Mr John Frankland of Loftus and Miss Nancy Peart of Liverton Mines after their wedding at Arlington Street Methodist Church, Loftus.
Mr Butcher & Miss Petty
|Mr Albert Butcher and Miss Freda Petty both of Loftus after their wedding at St Leonards Church, Loftus
Birthday in Hospital
|A birthday in hospital for Mr Thomas Edwin Andrew, of Loftus - 93 today - who is pictured cutting his cake in the Cleveland Cottage Hospital, Brotton, watched by nurses E. Cornforth and N. Ward.
6 a.m. Sunday is Zero hour for a bridge
|Workmen dismantle the top structure of this bridge on the Carlin How side of Loftus Bank while traffic goes on its way below. The bridge is to be removed altogether on Sunday.
A landmark to motorists travelling on the main Middlesbrough - Whitby coast road will disappear on Sunday with the demolition of a bridge on Carlin How bank.
The bridge is the second of two under which the road passes from Carlin How to Loftus, and its demolition comes with the closing of the railway branch line to Skinningrove.
The line, now taken up, formerly served Skinningrove for the coal depots and carried the rail traffic into Loftus mines and Skinningrove gas works.
The coal is now being delivered from the Loftus depots, and the goods for the mines and gas works have been carried by lorries in recent years.
The demolition will start at 6 a.m. on Sunday so that little inconvenience will be caused to road users. It will be after the workmen's buses have passed, and the bridge will be down before the main ordinary services are under way.
For a time, traffic between Carlin How and Loftus will be diverted through Skinningrove village. The main road sweeps in a bend under the bridge, which curtails visibility. With the bridge removed, steps are expected to be taken down some of the bankside on which the bridge rests, and make the road wider.
The closing of the branch line brings the removal of two other bridges. One near the gas works, was taken down this week and the other, at the approach to the main street of the village is to be taken down next week.
Mr C Dohring & Miss S Treloar
|Mr Colin Dohring of Liverton Mines and Miss Shirley Treloar of Loftus, after their wedding at St Leonard's Church, Loftus.
Gift pigeon wins race for partners
|Mr Hume with the pigeon which won the Up-North Combine for him and partner Mr Fred Locker.
A partnership between two Loftus men, Mr Jack Hume and Mr Fred Locker, well known in pigeon fanciers circles, is celebrating its 21st year, and this week their biggest win was announced.
A pigeon belonging to the partners has won the Up-North Combine's national young bird race from Welwyn on September 6.
There were 8,749 pigeons competing in the race and their pigeon, a dark chequer cock bird, also wins the North of England Championship Cup and is the first in the East Cleveland Federation to do so.
Employed at Skinningrove Ironworks, Mr Hume of 39 Hartington Street, has a friend at Bentley Colliery, also a fancier. This friend had his pigeons worried last year, and Mr Hume sent him seven old birds as a friendly gesture. In return he received two young birds this year, and it is one of them that has achieved this success.
Mr Locker of 12 High Row who works at Liveton Mines, does not know the news of the win. After seeing the pigeons arrive at the loft on September 6 he went on holiday and will not return until Sunday.
The win of the two Loftus partners keeps up an amazing sequence for East Cleveland fanciers in the Welwyn young birds national race, one of the highlights of the pigeon racing season. East Cleveland now claims seven winners out of the races in the last eight years.
In the race on September 6, East Cleveland fanciers have 27 pigeons in the first 100 placings.
Mr B Grey & Miss J Rayner
|Mr Brian Grey of Loftus and Miss Janet Rayner, of Skelton Green, who were married at Skelton Parish Church.
|Mr James Shoredon of 22 Coronation Road, Loftus shows the seal which he found on the beach at Hummersea, near Skinningrove, yesterday, to Patrick Smith (left) of Loftus and Stephen Watson of Saltburn.
The Seal was at first given a ‘home’ in the bath at Mr Shoredon’s home. When he found it, it had just come out of the water, and all his efforts to encourage it to return were unsuccessful. Mr Shoredon carried it in a bag from the beach to his home.
Today RSPCA Inspector N. Shuttleworth, removed the seal to his own home at 12 Highfield Road, Middlesbrough. This is the sixth time this year that the Shuttleworths have had to vacate their bathroom to make room for a seal.
Commented the Inspector: “The seal is only about ten weeks old and very tame. He seems to be suffering from exhaustion and nothing more, but I am calling in a vet just to be sure".
Loftus Couple's Celebration
|A family party will be held tomorrow to celebrate the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Middleton of Arbroath, Market Place, Loftus, although the actual date of the anniversary is Monday. They were married at Loftus Newton Memorial Methodist Church which was destroyed by a bomb during the last war.
A native of Fishburn, Mr Middleton comes from a seafaring family and went to sea for eight years before World War 1, when he had a second mate's and radio officer's certificates. Later he set up in business which he carried on when he and his wife came to live at Loftus from West Hartlepool in 1916.
Three years ago Mr Middleton retired after being asociated with the East Cleveland Co-operative Society since 1921. He was manager of the society's works department.
Mrs Middleton is one of the most active social workers in the area, and has worked for a number of years for charitable organisations in Loftus. Founder of the Loftus branch of the NSPCC she was secretary for 15 years and received the society's certificate of appreciation.
A methodist chorister in the town for 40 years, she was a founder member of the Loftus Arlington Street Methodist Church Bible Class and organiser of the Young Wives Club.
Mr and Mrs Middleston have thre sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren. One son and daughter and their families are in Hobart, Tasmania and will hold their own party tomorrow to celebrate the occasion.
North Riding County Youth Clubs
|The Chariman of Loftus Urban Council, Councillor Reginald J Richardson, hands a mesage of greetings to 18 year old Fredrick James Ward of 33 Hartington Street, Loftus, which he will present to the Duke of Cloucester at St. James' Palace on Monday.
Fred is representing the North Riding County Youth Clubs and the Yorkshire Association of Boys' Clubs at the opening ceremony of the National Club week and it is the first itme a representative from Loftus County Youth Club has been chosen.
Also seen in the photograph is Mr C Harrison the club's leader.
The greetings read: "Sir, it is my privilege and pleasure, on behalf of the Loftus Urban Council and the Loftus County Youth Club, to convey by the bearer, Fredrick James Ward, a senior member of the club, loyal greetings to your Royal Highness.
"Great pleasure and encouragement are derived from the interest shown by your Royal Highness in the work of the National Association of Boys' Clubs. The council and club sincerely wish that the Club week will be throughly successful and enjoyed by all representatives"
The greetings are signed by Coun. Richardson, who takes a great interest in Youth work, both as a member of the Loftus club's Management Committee and the North Riding Association.
|Mr Benjamin Robson, 14 North Road was found dead at this home on Wednesday. A retired fish frier, we was 87 years of age and lived with his daughter Mrs. W. Harrison. Mr Bernard Wilkinson, the Cleveland Coroner, was informed and on his instructions, a post mortem examination was held yesterday (Thursday) at Middlesbrough.
|Almost lost in the snow drifts, these vehicles were abandoned on the Whitby - Loftus coast road, and 17 of the occupants were rescued and sheltered at Goldsborough RAF camp.
Charlie Dustcart Horse Retires
|After working on the streets in the town for the past 12 years, Charlie the lst horse owned by Loftus Urban Council is going into retirement in the very near future.
He has been employed pulling the cart for workmen engaged in street cleansing and on other odd jobs. Mechanisation has caught up with him, however and at 16 years of age he will go to the Carlisle Rest Home of the National Equine Defence League.
He is so popular with both adults and children that when it was announced he would become redundant there was a talk of a petition in the town to ensure he obtained a good home.
In the picture Charlie is seen 'on duty' with (left to right) Mr. W. Havelock, Mr C Readman and Mr C E Bibby. On his rounds Charlie has regular calls and refuses to go past without being fed. He is a particular favourite with the children.
"Charlie" Leaves Loftus
Goes to Rest home
There were sad faces, particularly among the children, on Tuesday, when "Charlie", Loftus Uraban Council's 16 year old carthorse, left the town for good. "Charlie" who hs pulled a roadsweeping cart in the town and done other work for the council for the past 12 years, has become redundant, and the Council agreed recently to allow him to go to the Nation Equine Defence League's rest home at Carlisle.
A small crowd of adults and children assembled on Tuesday outside "Charlie's" stable near the Town Hall as Council workman Mr Percy Simpson, who has looked after "Charlie" for many years, helped to load him into a horse box which took him to Saltburn Station, en route for Carlilse.
"There were several of us there to see "Charlie" off" said Mrs K Stonehewer of the Arlington Hotel. Mr Simpson's two daughters Irene and Ann were there, also Mr A Breckon and a number of other children. The children with whom "Charlie" had been such a pet were very sad to see him go and they had apples, crusts, carrots, peppermints and other tit-bits to give him a last feed before he went".
Mrs Stonehewer said that during his working days in Loftus "Charlie" was so docile and gentle with children that they often usedc to run underneath him as he stood patiently with his roadsweeping cart in the street. "He had many friends" she said "and it was not uncommon for him to nuzzle passers-by on the pavements in the hope that there would be an apple, a sweet or some other tit-bit for him.
Loftus over 60 Club's party
|Two of the oldest members of Loftus Over-60 club, Mr Ben Robson aged 86 and Miss E W Winn, 85, cut the Christmas Cake at he club's party in Loftus Town Hall. Watching are Mrs F Watson (left), club leader. Mrs M. Wood (centre), secretary, and Coun T Bradbury, chairman of Loftus Urban Council.
Mr K Ovington & Miss P Blades
|Mr Keith Ovington of Brotton and Miss Pauline Blades of Loftus, who were married at St Leonard's Church, Loftus.
Whitby - Loftus railway
|The closing of the Whitby - Loftus railway line and the start in taking out the line will mean the disappearance of the Staithes viaduct, which carried the line over the valley between Cowbar and Staithes.
The imposing structure (above) is one of the highest viaducts in the North - 150 feet high and 230 yards long. An indication of when the viaduct was built can be gathered from the fact that the first sod for the line was turned at Sandsend on 29 May 1871, and the Whitby-Loftus line was opened on December 3, 1883.
An interesting point about the viaduct is that it has a wind guage installed. When the wind reached a certain force, a warning bell rang in a nearby cabin.
When the viaduct disappears, it will mean the removal of one of the finest points for photographing picturesque Staithes.
Death of a Business Woman
|Miss F Knaggs of Loftus
The death occured at her home on Friday of Miss Florence Knaggs aged 53. Gartmore, West Road, Loftus. Miss Knaggs who had been in failing health for some time was managing director of Eatons (Loftus) Ltd., furnishers, and had been connected with the company for nearly 40 years.
Although in a retiring disposition she was very well known in the town and district, and took an active and practical interest in various local organisations, and had donated trophies to Loftus Chrysanthemum Society and Loftus County Youth Club.
The daughter of the late Mr & Mrs Henry Knaggs of Loftus she lived practicaly all her life in the town and is survived by one brother Mr Gordon Knaggs.
She was a member of Loftus Chamber of Trade and a founder member of the old Loftus Golf Club. She was also a former member of Saltburn Golf Club.
Cremation took place at Darlington on Tuesday, following a service at St Leonard's Church, Loftus.
five foot drifts
|The Sign mocks "Slow, major road ahead" as these Skelton and Brotton Urban Council workmen today dig through five-foot drifts blocking the road to Moorsholm from the main Guisborough to Whitby moor road.
|Some Idea of the road conditions being experienced in Cleveland can be gathered from these pictures taken at Boulby on the Whitby-Loftus road. The waist-deep snow being cleared, caused many wehicles to be abandoned overnight, including these two buses on their way from Wilton to Whitby. The road was later reopened.
Battle of Clevealnd's roads
|Waist Deep in Snow
Mr J T Stonehouse & Miss D Burdett
|Mr John Thomas Stonehouse of Brotton and Miss Della Burdett of Loftus who were married at St Leonard's Church, Loftus.
Mr D Bowers & Miss H Kitchener
|Mr. Donald Bowers and Miss Hannah Kitcherner, both of Loftus after their wedding at St Leonard's Church Loftus.
Railway Viaducts being demolished
|The commencement of the demolition of the viaduct at Upgang, where the most interesting "find" todate is a large quantity of Golf balls.
WORK IN PROGESS AT STAITHES AND UPGANG
Work has begun on the demolition of two of the five viaducts on the former section of the Whitby West Cliff-Loftus coast railway line. The first two viaducts receiving attention are Upgang and Staithes.
The contractors are Messrs. Thomas Ward, Sheffield and the sub contractors responsible for the demolition are Messrs. Carter-Horseley, engineers, Newcastle-on-Tyne. They are a firm with considerable experience, and they have recently fulfilled contracts in Sweden and at Fraserburgh, where they erected a radio telescope for American interests.
A percentage of local labour is being employed on the demolition work, and it is expected that all five viaducts at Staithes, Sandsend, East Row, Newholm Beck and Upgang will be down within three months. Six small bridges on the fifteen mile stretch of the former railway will be demolished later.
Mr D. Nicholson is foreman in charge of work at Staithes, the largest viaduct of the five, with a span of 700 feet and a maximum height of 155 feet, in this viaduct there are 44 tons of timber, 325 tons of steel and 213 tons of concrete, with which the massive iron supports are filled. The materials from this viaduct will go to the Skinningrove Iron and Steel works. Among the equipment used in the demolition work is a six ton tractor crane. A wind guage, which hung in the centre of the viaduct has been moved to the British Railways Museum at York. At the moment Mr. Nicholson has a dozen men employed on the viaduct and he expects the number to be increased to 16. It is anticipated that the structure will be removed before the end of May.
Mr A. Tonks is foreman of the gang of workmen responsible for removing the small viaduct at Upgang. The viaduct there is 86 feet at the highest point from the bottom of the valley, and about 300 feet long. It contains approximately 200 tons of steel and Mr Tonks told a Whitby Gazette reporter this week that the destination of the scrap obtained at Upgang had yet to be decided.
The fact that the iron stanchions supporting the viaducts are filled with concrete - there is 12 tons in each of those at Upgang, and much more in the pillars at Staithes - is adding to the difficulty of the demolition. To get the tall iron pillars down, the workmen have had to cut through the concrete at the base, and then pull them over. All the materials salvaged from the viaducts is being cut into sizes of 4ft.6in. by 2ft. 6in. before it is ready for despatch as scrap.
When the work at Upgang is finished the sub contractors will turn their attentions to the viaducts at Newholm Beck, Eastrow and Sandsend in that order.
"We hope to have everything down within three months" said Mr Tonks "and the work is going very well indeed at the moment."
Interesting discoveries are often made in demolition work and apart from the usual old birds nests at the Upgang viaduct, the workmen have been amused to find scores of golf balls wedged in parts of the bridge structure, and lost by golfers hitting over this section of Whitby Golf Course. So far, they have almost filled a box with the balls they have found.
Loftus Couple's Golden Wedding
|Mr & Mrs Ernest William Ferrer of 13 Rosedale Crescent their golden wedding today. They were married in Brotton St Margaret's Parish Church.
A native of Carlin How, Mr Ferrer, who is 73, began work in the local mines when he was 13, was employed there for 46 years, and then worked as a bricklayer's labourer until he retired seven years ago. He won medals as a billiard player and in his younger days played for several football teams in the district.
A pioneer of the East Cleveland Division of the St John Ambulance Brigade, Mr Ferrer was a team captain in ambulance competitions, and an instructor. He is crossing patrolman at Zetland Junior School, Loftus.
Born at Grosmont, Mrs Ferrer, 74, has lived in Loftus district since she was a girl. The couple have one son, two daughters, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Cleveland mining era ends
|A sad occasion at Loftus ironstone mines as an industry dies. After nearly 100 years of production, the final load had be brought up, and now the mine is shut down on the grounds of economy.
Gathered round the last tub are some of the workers responsible for seeing it safely on its way, including Mr. H. R. Gibson (centre) blacksmith, who has worked at the mines for 59 years and (on his left, in pit cap) Mr. Jim Easton, the overman.
Most of the men employed in the mine have been found other employment by the owners, the Skinningrove Iron Co., at the nearby Ironworks.
Mr A Hall and Miss S Atkinson
|Mr Arthur Hall of Skinningrove and Miss Shirley Atkinson of Loftus after their marriage at St Leonard's Church, Loftus.
|Before a Rememberance Day service in St Leonard's Parish Church, Loftus, on Sunday, a parade marched to the town's war memorial. Men from 'Q' Battery of the 631 Light Regiment R.A. (T.A.) from Loftus and Whitby were in the parade, together with The Green Howards Cadets, Poice, members of the British Legion, both men and women, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, Cubs, officals and members of Loftus Youth Club, the Women's Institute and other organisations.
Councillor Reg Richardson chairman of Loftus Urban Council, Mr T. C. Ellison, clerk and members were present. At the service, David Simpson, Liverton Mines, laid a wreath at the memorial on behalf of the Army Cadet Force of which he is a member. He was wearing five medals, including the Military Medal, won by his grandfather.
Extra seating had to be provided in Church, The Rev. G.W. Simpson, rector of Loftus, conducted the service and the Rev. F.W. Ross former superintendant of the Loftus and Staithes Methodist Circuit, was the preacher. Others taking part were Rev. F.W Hutchinson, superintendant Minister of Loftus and Staithes Methodist Circuit and the Rev. Maurice Clegg, Congregational Minister.
Deaths in Loftus
A young bullock owned by Mr. J. Hird, The Mill was killed on Saturday when it wandered out of a field near the Station Hotel, broke through a fence and jumped over a wall. Unfortunately the wall was a bridge paprapet and the animal fell for a distance of about 40 feet and was killed.
An Inquest was held at Middlesbrough on Tuesday into the death of Mrs Elsie Anne Bice (68), Rosedale Crescent, Loftus, who underwent an operation on Thursday, 23rd October at North Ormesby Hospital. This was completed satisfactorily, but the following Monday she died. Medical evidence at the inquest stated that Mrs Bice died from pulmonary embolism and the Coroner, Mr A.O. Knott was told it was one of those risks of the operation, although only a "rare risk". The Coroner returned a verdict of death by misadventure.
The Late Mr. J. Trillo
The death of Mr. Joseph Trillo, 57 High Street, loftus, well known througout East Cleveland as an ice-cream merchant, has broken the partnership which three brothers of Italian birth had enjoyed for some 40 years. Mr Joseph Trillo and his brother Mr. G. Trillo, Brunswick Street, Whitby, began in business at Loftus in 1912, opening their Whitby branch in 1919, and the following year they were joined in partnership at both Loftus and Whitby by a third brother Mr. Loreto Trillo who lives at 2 High Street, Loftus. He and Mr G. Trillo will now carry on the family business at Loftus and Whitby.
|Silent and deserted stand the empty cottages which formed the hamlet of Street Houses.
Historical hamlet will be no more
The Roman Road runs through the centre of the hamlet of Street Houses, which lies about a mile from Loftus, but after this week-end the hamlet will be completely deserted.
It has been decided that the ten cottages have served their purpose and already the residents of nine have moved out to other accommodation.
The picturesque stone-built cottages stand in a district which abounds with historical interest. They have seen smuggling, the nearby alum works in production, and later some of their residents worked in the Ironstone mines.
Empty and Gone
Only a short distance away the four cottages at Micklow are also standing empty, and nearby Gallihowe - a well known name in the district comprising a house and cottage formerly used by the manager and foreman of the alum works - is now no more.
Only a few yards away stands Street Farm, where Mr. W. Garbutt is the fith member of his family to hold the tenancy - they have been there for 130 years. The farm of course will remain, but Mr. Garbutt said: "This used to be a lovely little village, and in years gone by each cottager kept a cow, poultry and a pig".
He views the change with regret. Formerly he had house-holders in the immediate vicinity. Now with the exception of his sister Mrs. Mary Campbell, the lst resident in Street Houses, the hamlet is deserted, with grass already growing in the cottage gardens.
Will feel 'shut in'
Born at Street Farm, Mrs Campbell has lived at Street Houses all her life, and in the present cottage for 27 years.
On Monday, with her husband, their two sons and daughter, she will be moving to a council house on the new Easington estate. The move is also viewed with reget by Mrs. Campbell, who said: "After living here all my life I think I am going to feel 'shut in' on the estate."
at the entrance to the hamlet stands a large building, with the inscription on the front: "Primitive Methodist Chapel AD 1872". It is now used as a shed for farm implements.
|This 'sea monster' was washed ashore on the beach at Skinningrove yesterday. Local opinion is that the unusual visitor is a grampus or killer whale, and that it had only been dead for a very short time when found on the beach.
It measures 18 feet from its nose to the tip of its tail, has a girth of about 12 feet and is estimated to weigh about three tons.
It was found on the north side of Skinningrove jetty, and its reputation for being ferocious is well borne out by the rows of razor-like teeth in its huge mouth. The whale is to be cut up and buried.
Split by Lightning
|Split by Lightning 'Captain Cook's' is now dangerous
One of Cleveland's best known landmarks, Captain Cook's monument on the hills overlooking Great Ayton, stands today in a dangerous condition after being struck by lightning and split down the middle during a ten minute thunderstorm late on Saturday afternoon.
Police have roped off the monument and put up 'danger' notices. it might fall if there is a high wind, said an offical.
The monument belongs to Stokesley Rural Council, and the clerk (Mr. H. Wynne Potts), said today: "As soon as it is convenient, our engineer and surveyor will go up to the monument and give the council full details of the damage"
Erected in 1827, the monument was retored in 1895 by "Evening Gazette" readers who subscribed to a fund after it had become badly defaced by vandalism and exposure to the weather.
In 1937 the land on which it stands was given to Stokesley Rural Council by the owner Miss Barbara Emmerson, with the stipulation that the council should look after its upkeep.
Bodies found on beaches
|A body was found on the beach at Skinningrove today. The discovery was made about half-a-mile north of the jetty. The Cleveland Coroner, Mr. Bernard Wilkinson, has been informed.
Shortly after the discovery, an unconfirmed report was made of another body on the beach at Boulby, between Skinningrove and Staithes. A search party went out, made up of police, coastguards and some local men.
Steps are being taken to identify the body on the Skinningrove beach.
It was on July 9, a fortnight ago today, that two men from Skinningrove, Henry Richards aged 22, of 61 High Street and Colin Cox age 17, of 36 High Street, went off on a fishing expedition in an 18ft long canoe.
Their craft was later found about three-quarters of a mile from shore, full of water. Since then there has been no news of the men.
MR R Walker and Miss M Greenwood
|Mr Ronald Walker of Middlesbrough and Miss Myrtle Greenwood of Loftus, after their wedding at Loftus Parish Church on Saturday.
Mr J Rodgers and Miss E Cuthbert
|Married at St Leonard's Church, Loftus were Mr John H Rodgers of Marske and Miss Enid M Cuthbert of Loftus.
Mr T S Pethc of Loftus
|Still active Nonagenarian
A well-known personality in East Cleveland, Mr Thomas S. Petch of Liverton Lodge was 90 on Saturday. The previous evening the office and farm staffs were guests at an informal party at which he cut his birthday cake, appropriately shaped as a horseshoe and adorned with 90 candles.
Mr Petch was born at the Lodge, which had been his family's home for 400 years. He is remarkably active for his years, and still carries on business as an auctioneer at various racecourses, work he has done for about 50 years.
He is the oldest member of the Cleveland Hunt, of which his son, Major Leslie Petch is the master, but had to give up riding to hounds two years ago following a fall. He has been connected with the Cleveland Agricultural Society over 70 years, retiring recently after serving as chairman of the Society Council for over 30 years. At one time he was secretary. For 65 years he has been Vicar's warden at Liverton Parish Church, where he is a regular worshipper each Sunday.
In 1950 Mr. Petch retired as a Magistrate after ten years as chairman of Guisborough and Loftus Magistrate's court. He was first appointed a Magistrate in 1918. He was a member and former chairman of Loftus Urban Council.
Skinningrove's New Locomotives
|Delivery planned to to-day
A special train of nine Rolls Royce diesel locomotives arrives at Skinningrove Iron and Steel Works to-day (Friday). Together with a new serviciing shed, and modifications to the Works' railway system, they have cost the Company about £200,000. The first of the locomotives was delivered recently, and has been in use for the training of drivers handling this new form of motive power. The heavy expenditure by the company on this addition to the Works can be regarded as an induction of their confidence of the future of the Works.
Since the Carlin How Works were established 90 years ago, steam engines have been used for internal transport. Now the urge towards greater efficiency, improved working conditions for the men and the desirablility of smoke abatement has led to the introduction of this modern equipment.
Waiting to welcome the train at the new maintenance shed, specially built on the works for servicing the new locomotives, will be the nine drivers who are to take them over and operate them over the twenty miles of Works sidings. The leading three locomotives will be hauling the other six, and they began their 185- mile trip to Carlin How from Shrewsbury, where they were built, yesterday (Thursday).
An historic steam locomotive will also be on view at the Works today, a reminder of the early days of railways in the North Riding.
This Locomotive was originally used by the Irish contractor, Paddy Waddle, in the contruction of the ill-fated railway line from Kilton to Glaisdale.
Lightening tradedy stikes Ellerby Farm
|The devastated living room at Newton Brow Farm after lightning had struck the house. As will be seen, debris crashed down, furniture was detroyed and the television set shattered into pieces.
In one of several violent thunderstorms which passed over Whitby district from mid-afternoon on Tuesday until late evening, the farmhouse at Newton Brow Farm, Ellerby was struck by lightning. Inside the back kitchen at about three o'clock were 70 years old Mrs. Eliza Welford and her two-year old grandson, Alan, son of Mr and Mrs Fred Welford, 3 Council Houses, Mickleby. Mrs Welford was found by her sons in a dazed and shocked condition after the lightning struck. A doctor was called, and she was given artificial respiration, she died shortly afterwards. Her grandson, Alan was found injured and crying. He had a small head wound and was obviously in great pain. Dr.J.C.Brash, Hinderwell, arranged his removal to Middlesbrough General Hospital, where it was found he had a broken pelvis.
The lightning left the farm house in a state of utter devestation. The whole of the roof tiles were stripped off, and scattered far and wide round the front of the building and the adjoining farmyard, ceilings from the attics to kitchen collapsed and the glass blown out of every window. Virtually only the shell of the building remained intact, for nearly all the family furniture and other possessions were smashed beyond any hope of salvage or repair. Had the farmhouse stood in the centre of a battlefield and received a direct hit from shells or bombs, it could not have been in a more pitiable state. From one or two scars left on external stonework it seemed that the lightning had struck the apex of the roof at the front of the house. Amazingly enough, despite such carnage, Mrs Welford's budgerigar, "Peter," was still alive in his cage in the wrecked front room which, like every other eroom in the fairly large house, had not a fragment of glass remaining in the window panes.
Since the death of their father, Mr. Joseph Welford (a former licensee of the Tiger Inn, Easington), about three years ago, Mrs Welford's three sons have carried on the farm - Mr Frank Weldord, 39 Dundas Street, Loftus, the oldest brother and farm manager, Mr Fred Welford, who lives with his wife Mrs. Constance Jane Weldord, and son Alan, at Mickleby and Mr Roland Welford, who is single and has lived with his mother at the farm. On Monday, only the day before the disaster in which her young son was injured, Mrs Constance Welford had given birth to a baby daughter in Eskdale Hospital, Whitby.
Eye Witness Account
Mr Fred Welford was in the grassy paddock opposite the front of the house in the few minutes before the storm passed directly over. "I had Alan with me, and we were feeding the hens," Mr Welford told a Whitby Gazette reporter. "As the storm came nearer and I heard the thunder getting louder, I took Alan back into the house to his grannie, who had been looking after him while his mother was in hospital. At the time we had some young calves turned out for the first time, and my brother in law, Mr Robert Featherstone, of Loftus, and myself were near them in front of the house. We were driving them into the farmyard, and were near the baler opposite the house when the lightning struck.
There was a terrific flash, and rush of heat over our heads. When the lightning struck, rubble and tiles flew into the air and there was a loud explosion.
Mr Welford said when he got into the house he found his mother, and son in the back kitchen. "The little boy had a graze on his head, and was crying" said Mr Welford, who went on to say that his mother was very upset. "She was still on her feet and came out of the house, but was very shaken" said Mr. Welford. "We got her a drink and sent for the doctor, but she collapsed and died shortly afterwards. "He added that artificial respiration was begun on Mrs. Welford but was not successful.
The following morning, when a Whitby Gazette reporter visited the farm, the owner, Mr.R.M. Turton of Kildale was looking round the ruined farmhouse with Borrowby builder, Mr L.H.P.Rance. The three brothers with relatives and other helpers were trying to salvage what they could and tidy up as far as possible. Plans were being made to board over the shattered roof as a temporary measure, and Mr Ron Welford was preparing to go and live for the time being with Mr Fred Welford and Mickleby.
The only damage to the adjoining farm buildings was to electric wiring and switches. All the farm stock, even the sheepdog, "Nell" and cats in the nearby barns, escaped unscathed. In the house itself a number of the rooms were too dangerous to enter, for ceilings were hanging and swaying drunkenly, and threatening to collapse in heaps of rubble at any moment. Made up beds were covered with plaster and other debris, electric fittings were scorched and blackened and wiring was ripped from roofs and walls. Even the bath was filled with fragments of laths and plaster from the roof above. Two staircases collapsed and outside nothing was left of the chimney stack.
When the lightning struck, Mr F.G. Bonas, Pond Farm, Mickleby and his son were ploughing in a field about a mile away. "The storm seemed to come up on the high side of Mickleby" said Mr Bonas "and then turn and slant immediately over Newton Brow Farm" Mr Bonas was working over the brow of the hill at the time, and did not see the lightning strike.
An eye witness motoring between Staithes and Hinderwell at the time said she saw what seemed to be a large orange ball of fire hurtle down over the hillside, along a hedgerow and hit the farm.
Hawthorn Farm, the nearest farm to Newton Brow, and lying only two or three fields away, was not affected during the storm, for it had no electricity supply, but Ellerby Bank Top Farm, where Mrs M Summerson lives suffered to a small extent. All the lights fused and a few light bulbs burst, two of them falling out of their sockets and smashing on the floor. A switch in the cow house was blown out.
The storm cut supplies to several villages and farms in the Whitby district and for a time, the Royal Air Force Station at Goldsborough was without Electricity.
Death due to shock
| How the ceiling of one of the bedrooms of the farm looked after the lightning. It will be noticed that the beam dislodged by the lightning fell on top of the wardrobe, which helped to shore up the other roof timbers. Wallpaper was torn and cracks appeared in the masonry.
Inquest on Mrs E Welford
An inquest on Mrs. Eliza Welford, Newton Brow Farm, Ellerby, who died soon after her farmhouse had been struck by lightning on Tuesday, was held at Brotton Cottage Hospital yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. The Cononer (Mr. Bernard Wilkinson) recorded a verdict of death by misadventure, and expressed sympathy with Mrs. Welford's relatives.
Evidence of identification was given by Ronald Welford, Newton Brow Farm, Ellerby, who said that at about 3pm on Tuesday he was returning to the farm house after working in the fields. As he was nearing the house there was a thunderstorm and he saw a flash of lightning immediately followed by a crack of thunder. Smoke and dust went up from the house. He was about 300 to 400 yards away at the time, and when he got to the house he saw his brother-in-law and his brother Fred, helping his mother and child Alan, to the cowbyre. His mother was rather shaken and they got a chair and sat her down in the cowbyre. She asked him to get her one of her heart pills. She had been taking them fairly regularly as a stimulant for her heart. He got her one and some water, and she seemed short of breath, and undoing her clothing, he massaged her heart but she seemed to be passing away. His mother died about twenty-five minutes after he had returned to the farm. On the doctor's orders they laid her on some straw and he and his brother gave artificial respiration while the doctor went for an ambulance.
Went up in Smoke
Joseph Robert Featherstone, steel worker, said he was a son in law of Mrs Welford, and was staying at the farm at the time it was struck by lightning. He was in front of the house and half an hour before the lightning struck he heard thunder in distance. Mrs Welford was standing just inside the farmhouse doorway while they were bringing calves in. He saw no flash but he felt the earth tremble and there was a fierce heat as if something was passing over the farm. He heard a sharp crack and the house simply went up in smoke.
Realising what had happened he ran into the house and found Mrs Welford had picked the child up and was trying to get out of the door. He helped her to the cowbyre. She seemed to have all her faculties and did not seem too bad. The house was a complete shambles inside, everything had gone.
Dr. Thomas Skeoch, a Middlesbrough pathologist, said death was due to acute heart failure, accentuated by shock.
Replying to the Coroner, the Doctor said there was no question of Mrs Welford being struck by lightning. There was no evidence of that at all. She had a heart condition but for her age her heart was remarkably good. He agreed with the Coroner that it was nearer the truth to say she actuallly died of fright, having a house demolished over her head must have been a tremendous shock.
The Coroner said he was certain death was caused by the storm, and the collapse of the house.
Upleatham's Old Church
|Upleatham, a delightful village near Saltburn is renowned for this ancient church, one of the smallest in England. It is still used for occasional services.
Mr L Hodgson & Miss A Caisley
|Mr Leonard Hodgson of Saltburn and Miss Anne Elizabeth Caisley of Middlesbrough after their wedding today at the Sacred Heart Church, Middlesbrough.
Sacred Heart Church, Middlesbrough
Mr Leonard Hodgson, an electrical engineer, son of Mr and Mrs T Hodgson, of 24 Queenway, Saltburn and Miss Anne Elizabeth Caisley, a medical staff secretary, daughter of Mr and Mrs G A Caisley of 60 West Lane, Middlesbrough.
The bride was given away by her father and attended by the Misses Carole McKenna and Marjorie Hodgson. Best man was Mr James McKenna and groomsman was Mr George Caisley.
Elsie 'pulls them at Liverton
|The tiny moorland village of Liverton had never seen anything like it. Extra police were brought in to control the 400 people who invaded the village. A field was used to park dozens of cars. Bunting and flags were every where.
A Royal visit perhaps? No, the attraction was Elsie Tanner, on of the stars of television's "Coronation Street" who went to open the Waterwheel Inn on Saturday night.
Here she is seen with the owner, Mr John Tennet and Miss Christine Cawthorne, who presented the bouquet.
The inn, formerly the Downe Arms, was reconstructed and extended by Mr. Tennet and is one of the most attractive country pubs in the area.
A real waterwheel in working order has been added to the front of the building and the luxurious interior includes many initeresting features, specially designed to create the old inn atmosphere.
While the police struggled to keep the pressing crowd orderly, Elsie - her real name is Pat Pheonix - cut the ribbon and went into the lounge to pull the first pint.
After being welcomed by Mr. Tennet and Mr and Mrs Allinson, the managers, she spoke to the 40 invited guests and signed dozens of autographs.
"It is a really wonderful pub" she said. "I must tell Ena Sharples about it."
|It's cold these days in the silent, undulating countryside just back from the cliff top near Loftus. Cold, even for the four lonely men who are out there every day making rubble out of the decaying homes that are linked with the Romans.
They are linked with those ancient warriors, if only because the Roman road curls its way across the country, dips down into the hamlet of fast-disappearing cottages and surges up over mighty Boulby to disappear on its journey southwards.
Soon there will be only a big heap of rubble, a few stacks of stones and bricks that are worthy of salvage and a thick new wall providing a fresh boundry to a field.
Almost bare handed these four men are pulling apart the hamlet of Street Houses, a deserted community on the fringe of the Zetland Estate. It's a comparatively easy job. The thick sandstone walls that look firm are held weakly together with mortar that has collapsed with the passage of time.
One of the four is Mr John Linsey, of Loftus, who has helped rip off the roofs of eight houses so far. He was getting rid of some of the tons of stone, tiles and rubbish yesterday... and even if it's heavy work, he was wearing his top coat. "This is the coldest place there is" he said.
It will be a few weeks yet before Street Houses is completely a thing of the past, a few weeks before the wet walls, the rotting window frames and the timber that saw better days before woodworm called in, have been hauled apart.
But, Already, the Garbutt family feels the change. It is a few months since the other people in Street Houses moved out in preparation for the day the Zetland Estate demolition crew would arrive, but the Garbuttts are still not used to their absence.
The Garbutts have been at Street Farm for 130 years, and the present tenant Mr W. Garbutt, is the fifth member of the family to farm it.
Today, he finds it strange. "Everyone was so neighbourly" he told me. "You know what village life is like, and now it's gone."
Mr Garbutt wanted to buy the village. He had hoped to modernise those little homes and make Street Houses a model village. I would have hated to tackle it.
But Mr Garbutt didn't get the chance. As a result, Street Houses will soon be as dead as the Romans.
|A few shovels, two barrows, a steel rod, acouple of hefty picks and the power of four pairs of arms. That's all that is needed to remove a village standing where history abounds.
Mr T Morrison & Miss J Wilson
|Mr Thomas Morrison of Loftus and Miss Joan Wilson of Ridge Lane Farm, Staithes, after their wedding at Our Lady Star of the Sea RC Church, Staithes.
Five Generations at Loftus
|The five generations of the Magor family at Loftus. Our photograph shows Mrs Anna Magor (87) of 1 Queen's Road, Loftus, holding her three months old great great grandaughter Sharon Prince. Also in the picture on Mrs Magor's left, are her daughter Alice Tilburn (68) of Carlin How. On Mrs Magor's right is her grandaughter Mrs. Winifred Shaw of Loftus. Standing behind is Mrs Jean Prince, mother of baby Sharon.
Skinningrove May Day
|The village square at Skinningrove, overlooked by the gaunt steelworks, was splashed with colour and the happy shouts of children yesterday - the first day of May.
The boys and girls of the junior school, carrying posies of flowers, walked in procession from the school to the square, led by the younger children who formed a percussion band.
There the Maypole was erected and 120 children took part in the dancing to music recorded by Miss M. Pullan, a member of the school staff.
The tradtional welcome to May was arranged by the headmistress, Miss M. Jordan, and the whole village turned out to watch.
The names of the six oldest children were put into a hat and Lynne Grout, who will be 11 next week, was chosen May Queen and was crownded by Mrs Tidman, wife of Mr C.F. Tidman, chairman of the school managers.
Later the school, parents and friends heard a programme of music by the choir and percussion band.
Attractive Nautical Mural for Loftus School
|The magnificent mural which will be an attractive feature at the entrance to the new Loftus County Modern School, near Liverton Mines.
The proximity of Loftus to the sea has prompted Mr J Adams, the architect of the new Loftus County Modern School, now nearing completion at Liverton Mines, to give the building a nautical touch. In the first place Mr Adams, a partner in a Sheffield firm, has designed ship's bollards outside the school, and secondly, he has commissioned an impressive eye-catching mural, twenty feet by ten feet, on the outer wall of the school entrance. The title of this mural is "Eveloution of the Life at Sea" and it is the work of 23 year old Miss Philippa Threlfall, a pupil of Cardiff College of Art, and now an art teacher in London. Miss Threlfall has under taken previous commissions for Mr Adam's firm, but this is the largest project she has ever done.
The mural is composed of eighteen sections, each weighing six hundredweight, and is being enclosed in a wooden frame. In making it 'Miss Threlfall has had the assistance of the pupils of the school, who in their spare time have collected nine bags of pebbles, rocks, sea shells and fossils from nearby beaches. In addition, Miss Threlfall collected a further two car loads herself.
Said Miss Threlfall: "At first I thought I would be hard put to find sufficient stones, fossils and shells from the foreshore, but the response by the children was incredibly good. Everyone has been surprised by the wide variety of fossils that were found."
About 3,000 different kinds of pebbles and stones have gone into the mural, and Miss Threlfall has fashioned 58 fish and crabs in special clay, glazing them and fitting them into the mural.
Mr Harold Norminton, headmaster for 27 years, said: "When I first heard about the mural I offered to help Miss Threlfall by asking the children to collect pebbles and fossils. I wanted them to feel they had contributed something to the new school - to give them a personal stake in it. They have spent hours combing the beaches for unusual stones, pebbles and fossils."
It was about a year ago that Miss Threlfall was asked to do the mural, using local minerals. She finished it on Tuesday, retuning to London the following day.
Mr Norminton told a Whitby Gazette reporter that the mural was extremely attractive, and it blended very well with the new School. Mr Norminton said that the interior decor would also have a nautical flavour, for gifts of a ship's wheel, a lifeboat anchor and similar reminders of the sea had been promised from Smiths Dock. In addition, the four school houses are to be named after Captain Cook's ships - Endeavour, Resolution, Discovery and Adventure.
The Headmaster is also hoping that people in the area who have old prints of any of Captain Cook's ships or copies, may care to give them to the school to frame and hang in the hall or classrooms.
Many children whose homes are in sight or sound of the sea will in the years to come receive their education in the new building. The school moves from its present premises, off West Road, after Whitsuntide. Children from Loftus, Carlin How and Skinningrove will be involved in this move, but they will be joined by pupils in the 11 to 15 age group from Staithes and Hinderwell.
The present staff of the County Modern School were shown around the new buildings at Liverton Mines by the architect on Tuesday.
End of the Line - Loftus
|The scene at the former Loftus railway station this week as British Railways employees dismantle the track. Until recently, goods trains operated between Loftus and Teesside, but the service has now been withdrawn and the track is being demolished.
Train of Engines
|This special train of nine new locomotives for Skinningrove works caused tremendous interest for the whole of its journey from Shrewsbury. Two Birtish Railways motive power inspectors, Mr George Finley of Darlington and Mr W.E. Ashmore of Middlesbrough, who travelled from Northallerton, were amazed with interest.
Said Mr Finley: "There were even people standing on bridges to see the train."
It was the largest train of locomotives ever to leave the manufacturers' works. But for many of the men at Skiningrove, the fleet will not be seen for a fortnight. They started their holidays last night before the train arrived.
Picture shows Mr H.G.W. Debenham, chairman and managing director, with Mr Thomas Hill of Rotherham, inspecting the new diesel locomotives after their arrival at Skinningrove.
Two Weeks Late
|but right day!
Mr and Mrs Albert Fenby, of 7 Tees Street, Loftus, celebrated their golden wedding today although they were married at Easington All Saints Parish Church, near Loftus on April 5. But that date 50 years ago was on an Easter Monday, and Mr and Mrs Fenby decided to keep the same day for their celebration party.
They have lived at Loftus all their married life, and Mr Fenby age 73, was born in the town. He retired in 1952 after 42 years service with the Post Office. During this time he worked on delivery rounds at Loftus, and in the outlying areas. For a number of years he played for Loftus teams in the billiards league. Born at Easington, Mrs Fenby, 69, is a member fo All Saints Parish Church and the Mothers' Union.
In World War I, when her husband was in the army for three years, she also worked for the Post Office. She worked with them again for about five years.
Loftus Youth Club
|Loftus Youth Club held its annual Christmas bazaar at headquarters.
Picture shows the opener, Mrs.S.W.Huebner of Yarm (third from right), making a purchase at the stall of one of the helpers, Mrs.V.Newton. Also in the picture is Mr.C.Harrison, club leader, and ,(extreme right) Miss J. Lilley, assistant leader.
|During World War I, the parish church at Easington, near Loftus, was left without an organist, and a girl stepped into the breach. This week Mrs Margaret Naomi Taylor, of 28 Tees Street, East Loftus, who filled the vacancy, has completed 50 years as the church organist.
Her musical career began as a pianist and later she was a teacher of music, walking from village to village in East Cleveland.
Twice each Sunday and for the mid-week choir practice, Mrs Taylor has travelled from her home to play the organ at the parish church. "I have had marvellous health, and I don't think I have been away more than five times because of illness since I started." she said yesterday.
The present rector, Canon A.H.Waton, is the fourth since she first began at the church.
Mrs Taylor and her husband the late Mr J. Taylor, did a good deal to promote old time dancing in Cleveland. Mr Taylor was choir master at the church for 39 years and lay reader for 18 years.
From her long career in music, Mrs Taylor has one cherished possession, a prayer book presented by Moorsholm Choir, where she played at her first concert when she was 12 years of age.
New Loftus Modern School is North Riding's pride
|The splendid library, one of the many facilities available in the New Loftus Modern School
The largest and best equipped new secondary school in the North Riding, the Loftus County Modern School, Rosecroft Lane, Loftus, welcomed its first pupils today.
Built for 650 children, it has replaced the old modern school, dating from 1912, which housed 400 pupils in five buildings. In addition to accommodating the children from the old school and from Skinningrove School the new establishment will also take all secondary modern children over the age of 11 years from Hinderwell and Staithes next September.
The new school completes the reorganisation of county shcools in the North Riding, a plan commenced in 1945 for the rural re-establishment of secondary education. The contract sum for the school was £298,000 and furniture and equipment cost £24,200. The site and playing fields amount to 18 1/2 acres.
Mr H Norminton, who has been headmaster of the former Loftus Modern School since 1946 is the headmaster of the new school and Mr.J.W.L. Snowdon, at present headmaster of Skinningrove Senior School will be the deputy headmaster.
The new school is so equipped that it will provide a far wider education than previously. No expense has been spared to ensure that children can be taught other pastimes, skills and crafts as well as the three "R's" supplemented by history and geography. Apart from 17 ordinary classrooms, the school has a special geography room, an english room, a technical drawing room and a medical inspection centre.
There are lathes, cutting machines, a forge, grinding and mechanical drills in the metal workshop. The arts and crafts rooms have the latest materials and means of processing available. There is a pottery kiln, three pot-throwing wheels, two of them electric and there will be provision for basketwork, weaving and other crafts.
For the girls there is a domestic science room equipped with gas, electric and solid fuel for cooking.
The kitchens of the school are the best-equipped and most spacious in the North Riding. All cooking is by gas. Formerly meals were brought to the school from the central kitchens.
There are three laboratories, a fine library and reading room, a rural science block with a teaching room and greenhouse and future provision for a swimming bath and three more classrooms. Eventually the school is planned to accommodate 750 pupils.
Formerly the school had to "make do" in the world of sport on the Liveton Mines Cricket field, but now there are six playing pitches for football and hockey, a running track and jumping pits and two cricket areas.
The new school has the latest equipment in a large and permanent gymnasium. There is no need, now, to knock trestle tables together for a make shift stage. In the main hall there is a stage with curtaining and all the latest lighting.
In addition, the architect, finding he had an extra plot of land, has designed an outdoor open stage for open-air performances and assemblies.
The school, which fits well into the landscape, with a view to the North of the sea and of the town of Loftus, was seen by the architect as of ship design, standing on an elevation with the main hall as a kind of high prow.
Following this line, the school has been treated to extra details to fit in with the "ship theme". A mosaic artist from London, Miss Philippa Threlfall, was commissioned to create a mural for the front of the school. The theme is the evolution of life from the sea.
The architect carried the theme further, designing bollards to be placed in front of the school and setting a flagpole - an echo of the ship's masthead - at the entrance. The interior decor, too, will be of nautical flavour.
"In the past." said Mr Norminton. "we have found it difficult to recruit teachers. We are hoping that now we have such a splendid school, this problem will be solved and that better qualified teachers will be attracted to Loftus."
The main contractor was Richard Costain (Construction) Ltd., Middlesbrough and other work was done by C. Horne and Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough (electrical installations); James Christie and Sons, Ltd., Sheffield (stainless steel grills); Tarmac Roadstone Ltd., Stockton (Roads); Good Bros., Middlesbrough, (painting); Field Floors Ltd., Middlesbrough, (cork, tile and lino floors), and P.B. Kerton, Markse (plastering, floor screeds and granolithic pavings).
dated 10th June 1963
Railway Finale- and a look back
When the last goods train pulls out of Loftus Station this month it will be the finale of this section of the line that once had one of the most picturesque passenger runs in Cleveland.
For many years passenger trains travelled to Loftus from Saltburn by way of Huntcliff.
From Loftus, the line formerly ran on to Whitby by way of Staithes, and when this section was closed in 1955, passenger trains continued to operate from Middlesbrough to Loftus until April 1960.
Since then the station has been open only for goods traffic. Now the stretch of line between the junction for Skinningrove Works and Loftus is to be closed, saving British Railways heavy repair costs for the bridge which crosses the Carlin How Road.
Opened in 1875
Loftus station was opened on 1st April 1875 and passenger services were introduced from this date. The service was from Saltburn to "Lofthouse", via North Skelton, Brotton and Carlin How, the trains having to reverse direction at Saltburn west junction, near the present day Caravan site.
For half of their journey they used the newly completed Saltburn extention railway, opened June 1 1872, which although only 3 1/4 miles in length, formed a vital link between the Redcar and Saltburn railway and the Cleveland railway at Brotton for transporting the iron-ore traffic from Warsett Hill mines to the iron-works of Teesside.
This line, still in use for freight, abounds in steep gradients and crosses the valley through which Skelton Beck now flows near Marske Mill, on a picturesque eleven arch brick viaduct, 153 feet high and 261 yards long.
After joining the Cleveland railway west of Brotton station, the passsenger trains contuinued around the well known Saltburn landmark of Huntcliff at about 150 feet above the sea which could be clearly seen from the train. Arriving at Carlin How, they were faced with a short downhill run through Skinningrove to the viaduct crossing Kilton Beck. This viaduct, which was built on a curve of 18 chains radius, quite sharp for trains, from the designs of Mr. (later Sir James) Brunless, and was 226 yards long, being constructed of wrought iron lattice girders.
Buried in Shale
It was 150 feet high above the bed of the beck, but only existed for 40 odd years, since 1911 it was buried under 720,000 tons of shale because of mining subsidence. During this period passenger trains were withdrawn for a few months.
From the viaduct the line continued to rise as far as Loftus, but the engines used to take it well within their stride.
Although all passenger services were withdrawn from Loftus in April 1960 a "passenger" train recently visited the station. It was on June 8 last that a train consisting of an engine and four brake vans forming the Stephenson Locomotive Society special - "The Cleveland Limited". It travelled the one and three quarter miles down the single line from Craig Hall signal box and the "viaduct", still clearly defined, to Loftus.
It is this single line which crosses the skew brick bridge at the top of Carlin How bank, now shored up. Because this bridge is in such a state of disrepair, the railway authorities have decided to close "Lofthouse" for ever, lifting the trackwork and later demolishing the bridge.
And so another chapter is almost closed on the North Yorkshire railway system. The line served the community well, as a public meeting before the coast line was closed showed. Let us hope that not all our "Iron" road will go, or what will our roads become? Chaotic!
Mr C Ward & Miss E M Graves
|Father F Flynn officiated at the marriage at St Jospeh's Roman Catholic Church, Loftus, on Saturday of Mr. Charles Ward, son of Mrs. M. Ward and the late Mr. C. Ward, 18 Westray Street, Carlin How and Miss ELizabeth Maureen Graves, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Graves, 1a Duncan Place, Loftus.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a long white dress with nylon lace bodice and long sleeves and a crinoline skirt with appliqued front. Her frilled train was of nylon net and her six tiered bouffant veil was held in place by a headress of white roses. She carried a bouquet of apricot roses.
She was attended by Miss Susan Verril, Miss Marian Bird, niece of the bridegroom, Miss Joan Marian Graves, younger sister of the bride, and Miss Catherine Rudham, niece of the bridegroom. They wore dresses of apricot frosted silk with nylon shoulder draperies and tangerine headresses. The two senior bridesmaids carried bouquets of white carnations, and the two younger ones carried posies of apricot roses.
Mr. Tom Ward, twin brother of the bridegroom was the best man and the groomsman was Mr Bryan Graves, the brides brother. The service included the hymn "Guardian Angel," and "Ave Maria" sung by Miss Kathleen Bostock. Mr Hardy was the organist, and after the ceremony a reception was held at the Congregational School room. Later Mr. and Mrs. Ward left for a honeymoon in London, the bride travelling in a red foam-backed jersey suit with black accessories. The bridegroom's gift to the bride was a suit and she gave him a transitor radio.
The senior bridesmaids received engraved compacts and the younger ones white missals. Mr and Mr Ward will live at 18 Westray Street, Carlin How.
|An intersting little church at Liverton.
The very last shift
|The very last shift and the end of Cleveland's Iron age - a flashback to the lst day at North Skelton mine in January 1964.
Rats and Mice
|Fancy anyone ever being keen to have rats and mice playing about their feet. Cleveland miners were like this. They preferred to see and hear them, even fed them titbits to keep them happy, and came quite pally with them.
This unlikely companionship was based firmly on superstition, which played a big part in the life of the miners in Cleveland.
They were more contented if rats and mice were runing about because they believed the animals were sensitive to danger. While they were about the miner felt there was little danger of roof falls.
So stong was this belief that the feeding and the friendship fostered.
The photograph of half-a-dozen miners beside a tub in Loftus mines was taken about 1907 or 1908 and has particular intrest because the photographer was the Rev. T. C. Booth, for long congregational minister at Loftus.
The picture belongs to Mr. A. Smith of Queen Street, Carlin How, whose father, Mr Mod Smith, is sitting at the back on the right beside the tub.
Others in the picture are (from the left) J. Gary, J. Playforth, J. Richards, W Sayers and Tom Forrest, who was well known in his younger days throughout Teesside and Cleveland as a billiards player.
And although it is difficult to see, one of the friendly rats is with them. It is sitting quietly on Mr Richards' right knee.
Carols around the Christmas Tree
|After he had switched on the lights of the Christmas tree in Loftus Town Square, Coun. N. Lantsbery, chairman of Loftus Urban Council, pictured leading the singing of carols round the tree.
The service was conducted by the Rev. H. Watson, the town's congregational minister and singing was accompanied by Loftus Town Silver Band, which later went on to Liverton Mines.
Where coffee bud flavour is beer
|Timm's Coffee house at Skinningrove, dating back to 1764, which had been declared a place of special architectural and historical interest. At one time miners were believed to have supped rum and coffe there for breakfast.
Skinningrove miners supped rum and coffee for breakfast before they set off to work at six in the morning.
Now tose days are dead and gone. Timm's Coffee House, Skinningrove, no longer serves a day's starter, but sticks to beer.
All that remains in the village's only pub are the huge rum casks with grass measures down the sides, the brass 'coffee pot' which stores rum, water and coffee, and a huge bottle which contained the celebrated rum - Mountain Dew from Leith.
The pub itself, once an old maor house dating back to 1704, has today been declared a place of arcitectural and historical interest by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.
The Licensee for the pst seven years Mr. Jack Shepherson, a former Normanby Hall cricketer, said "Nobody knows h ow the place got its name or who the owner was when it was a manor house."
He explained that he thinks there may haave been a pub in the village before 1900 which was moved across the road to the present site.
The house itself has numerous rooms and a Queen Anne look at the front. The main door at present opens into rooms sused as a surgery for the lst three years so that people don't have to wait elsewhere in the rain.
"Hikers often come after seeing the sign from the road, because they think it is a coffee bar. I was told that a previous owner happened to see the name in London and the pub has been called Timm's Coffee House ever since"
Other places in the Loftus urban area of special architerctural or historical interest are Boublby Grange, All Saints Church and rectory. Eastington, Handale Abbey, St Michael's Church, Liverton, St Leonard's Church, Loftus and the rectory, Water Lane.
Fetching Coal means hillside scramble
|Mother and her child decend the only access to 12 houses on Primrose Hill, Skinningrove - a narrow steep, and muddy footpath.
A Row with its roots in the last century has blown up at Skinningrove.
For people living in houses built by the early ironmasters say they have still not moved into the 20th Century.
No vehicles can reach Middle Row and hte only way to the main road is a scamble down a steep, narrow path. "The coalmen won;t deliver, so once a fortnight we have to go down to the road and fetch the bags." said Mrs Margaret Nichilson, who lives at 25 Middle Row, today.
Of her five children, three are at school, and she added "The rough track, and dirt ruins the children's shoes."
Mothers who have prams can't get off the Row without aid - someone has to carry the pram down the hillside while the mothers carry the children.
"It's a crying shame, and we wonder why we have to pay rates" said Mrs Ethel Downs, who lives at number 28. In the wintertime water runs down the bankside and freezes and the residents have to spread ashes before they can leave the street, she added
"I have refused to buy a new sutbin, and use a sinc tim, I know it isn't the fault of the refuse men, but they have to drag the dustbins down the bankside.
We have no deklivery vans at all and children foing to school wear wellingotns most of the time, for if they go in shoes they are all covered in mud by the time they arrive."
And there is not much hope that things will improve.
It would not apprear to be a practical proposition to construct a road access in this area, said Mr William Ranson, surveyor to Loftus Urban Council in a report this week.
The cost would be out of all proportion to the advantage gained, and any road would have a gradient of up to 1 in 2 1/2. He is now investigating the possibility of steps being contructed.
Final word from Mrs Downs:
"It wouldn't be so bad if we had a light halfway to help when we are srcrambling down the bankside in the dark"
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