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Alum House

Alum House

Joyce Dobson loaned us this rather good photo of the alum house at Hummersea all the others I have seen the house has been in ruins.

Lizzie

Lizzie

Not  the well known Minnie this time, but Lizzie one of the loco’s from Skinningrove works, pictured in the mid 1930’s with (left to right) Len Horner, Mark Cook and ”Scotchy” Jones. Lizzie was scrapped in the late 1950’s.

 Thanks go to Joyce Dobson for the loan of her photo. and David Husband advising of sources for our detail.

In the Stockyard

In the Stockyard

Thanks to Mrs. Carole Starsmore for this photograph of her father, Jack Goodwill, with Bob Harland and ’Mink’ Simpson taking a break in the stockyard at B.S. Skinningrove Works in the 1960s.

SS Staithes at Port Mulgrave

A view of SS Staithes; one of the many ironstone ore carriers that plied their trade between Port Mulgrave and the iron works on the River Tees.
Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson.

Platelayers

Platelayers

Another photo kindly loaned to us by Neil Suckling who asked where was the photo taken? My thoughts are that it is Skinningrove works, but I can be wrong as proved so often in the past. What do you think?

Eric Johnson suggests: ”If this is Skinningrove, it dates from the introduction of steelmaking. At the left of photo is the new Talbots building, at this stage only one furnace of about 250 tons capacity was operating. A glimpse through a gap in the sheeting appears to be a high ground type charging machine; having driven one in my time (later in the life of the plant). Moving right, next to the water tower, the large pipe is part of the gas producers; the tall tower being the coal hoist to feed the retorts. And behind the large building is the new power house; the men appear to be standing on the site of the soaking pits and 36inch mill.”

Thanks to Eric for the update.

Brickworks

Brickworks

But which brickworks, was it Loftus?  Following a comment from Tony Lynn this is now believed to be a pre-cast concrete works, but where? We are also told by Eric Johnson of a Thomas Eaton who in 1891 was a manufacturer of tiles and bricks in Loftus, but obviously on a smaller scale than shown in this image. The search continues.  

(photo courtesy of Neil Suckling, thanks to Tony Lynn  and Eric Jonson for the update.)

Mine Re-opens

Mine Re-opens

1939, Sorting shale from ironstone on the large convetor belt at Loftus where the ironstone mine re-opened after being closed since last August. This will mean employment for several hundred men, the ore extracted will be supplied to Skinningrove Iron works where 2 addition calcing kilns are ti be re-lighted. The second picture is the first load up at Loftus.

Lighting Up

Lighting Up

The caption tells all.
(photo courtesy Joyce Dobson)

54 Years Service

54 Years Service

Mr Arthur Gill’s retirement with Mr V. Caney and Mr Fothergill. Were you there?

Back right there is Billy Winspear and Brian Atkinson,in the middle back is Arthur Summers, can you helpwith any other names? George Brown tells us:”I worked in the boilershop, Desmond Want is b0ttom right corner . Second from left is Edgar Noble . Top left corner looks like George Gill. More names for this photo as passed to me by Mr B Atkinson. Back Row: Man with spectacles Mr R Milner, ??, tie and pullover Mr J SHAW, ??, ??, forward a little Mr J Boardman, next Mr M Wilks, Mr J Preston, Mr B Atkinson, Mr G Gill. Next Row: Mr E Noble, forward Mr B Shaw, Mr A Crispin, Mr W Fothergill, half hidden is MrJ Gill, right is Mr D Want. Front as you read is MR A Gill and Mr V Caney. Hope this fills a bit more of the gaps the rest may come to us later?”
Image courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to George Brown for the updates.

Crag Hall

Crag Hall

Once again a photo loaned to us by Eric Johnson, do you the names of the two men?