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Longacre Mine Skelton

Once again a lovely drawing of Longacre ironstone mine, long gone now, but still remembered; the former site is close to the present day Asda store and the public house which bears the name “The Longacre”.
Image courtesy of Joan Webster.

Grinkle Mine Again

This is a further image of Grinkle mine to complement the previous image. The mine was abandoned in 1934; following the development of the Boulby Potash mine further up the hillside from the Grinkle Ironstone mine very little survives to this day. The Archive would still welcome further photographs or information viewers would like to share with us.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Steam Heritage passes Industrial Heritage (2008)

Preserved K1 Class, 62005, rounds the bend at Huntcliff, passing the remains of the old Guibal Fanhouse on a Train spotter’s Special on the 10th May 2008
Image courtesy of Raymond Brown.

Moving Lingdale Shaleheap 1983

Well the photograph is dated and tells us what is happening so there is no more for me to write. However Derick Pearson tells us: ” I was standing on what was the footings of Coral Street and North Terrace at Lingdale; I took this for the records of Lingdale local history at that time. The shale heap was being removed by George Carey Haulage. The man on the D6 digger and loading the lorries was George Found and the man in the lorry that day was George (Sooty) Thorpe. The bungalow you see was my father-in-laws and the red Volkswagen Caravanette on the driveway was mine.”

Photo originally taken by Derick Pearson and many thanks to Derick for that update.

Dad at Work

Part of the Laboratory staff photographed during lunch break outside the laboratories in January 1947; the photograph bears this date on the back. 
Back row: Alf James, Clive Lawson, Norman Dales.
Front row: Harry Grange, Donald Pell, Nancy Rudham, John Donavon, Elizabeth Ferrer, George Allison, Audrey Keen (later Dales). Harry Grange apparently set the camera up to take a time release exposure and then joined the group.

Image courtesy of Carolyn Richards, thanks to Jean Yardy and Elizabeth Ferrer for names and information updates.

Crag Hall Mine, Brotton Road, Carlin How

Crag Hall Mine, Brotton Road, Carlin How, Mrs Mary Ward was murdered here on Christmas Eve 1873. Mrs Ward who was later described as a “vagrant”, was Vessel-Cup or Wassail singing in the area at the time. She carried a small lined box containing the Virgin Mary lying in cotton-wool and surrounded by evergreens, and went from house to house unceremoniously opening every door and saying:

God bless the master of this house and the mistress also And all the bonny bairns around your table go, For it is at this time that strangers travel far and near Saying ‘I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

After showing the occupants her box she expected (and almost always got!) a gift of money and food. On Christmas Eve she had been drinking in the Maynard Arms and was later accosted near the engine sheds in Brotton Road by several young, drunken labourers. The men proceeded to attack her, beat her and eventually threw her down the shaft (a depth of 86 yards) of Cragg Hall Mine where she was found the next day. The men concerned were apprehended and brought to justice. Street ballads of the incident were written and sung around Cleveland. The mine was abandoned in 1894.

Image and information courtesy of Joan Wiggins and others.

Brotton – Huntcliff Mine

Another photograph relating to the dismantling of Huntcliffe Mines after the closure in 1906. This picture is of the dismantling of the tipping gantry. Maurice Dower tells us: “The man second left on the top of the timber gantry is my great grand-father James Herbert Dower.”

Grateful thanks to Simon Chapman for the information and Maurice Dower for the update.

Bank Top Station

Rosedale West is where this station is and Robert Goundry assisted with: “Rosedale West was a junction where the line from Ingleby Incline divided to go to the East and West sides of Rosedale. The engine shed for the line was there, but as there were no (official) passenger trains it wasn’t a passenger station. The locomotives were NER Class P (LNER J24) and had tender cabs to help deal with the inclement weather across the moors.”

Image (from a William Hayes postcard) courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to Robert Goundry for the update.

Lumpsey Skin Shifters

This stern group of lads were the Lumpsey Mine football team, known collectively as ”The Skinshifters”.  They appear to have won a trophy – hope it wasn’t a knock-out competition!

Can anyone name the team and maybe give us a year and the name of the competition?

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and others.

Florence Terrace Rosedale

We wondered who the Florence was that this Terrace was named after; Toby Clempson tells us: ”The Florence in question is likely to have been Florence Nightingale, whose medical work in the Crimean War of the 1850s made her famous having been widely publicised in the British Press not all that long before the Rosedale Abbey iron mining boom of the 1870s took place.”
Image (from a William Hayes postcard) courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and many thanks to Toby Clempson for the update.