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Brotton – Huntcliffe Mine

The photograph shows the last ”working” day of Huntcliffe Mines, 30th June 1906. The photograph was taken outside the workshops, alas now longer with us. All that remains is the Guibal Fanhouse beside the mineral railway line, towards the cliff edge at the bottom of Warsett Hill. The writing on the door of the wall behind ”Are we downhearted?” is from a song popular at that time, perhaps relevant to the situation!  With Simon Chapman’s assistance we can identify some of those present.

Back row: ?? , Mr Stephens (later Cashier at Lumpsey Mine), Ralph Clough (engineer-later at Lumpsey Mine), ?? , ?? , ?? , ??.

Middle row: Jimmy Dower (partially cut off), ??, ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , William ‘Bill’ Garbutt (baby – who later worked at Kilton Mine, one of the first men to drive a locomotive underground and later Miner’s Lodge Secretary), William ‘Dick Hoss’ Garbutt, Mary Ellen Garbutt, Mr Matson (possibly a Manager).

Front row: ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? .

Paul Garbutt tells us: ”The baby in the photograph (Bill Garbutt) was my grandfather and this is the only photograph of him as a baby, he went on to work in the local mines and he was one of the main rescuers after the Kilton Mine explosion in May 1954. He never commented on the explosion and his subsequent actions in saving the injured miners, my father remembers that he came home that night and was a bit groggy and not his usual self ( the after effects of the gas explosion presumably ). The Evening Gazette reported on the disaster but my grandfather would not be interviewed, regarding the matter to be not worth discussing. My grandfather was an intensely private man and these few snippets of information are pretty much all we know about him, I just knew him once he was retired from work so never had the opportunity to find out about his employment history. He would never talk about himself much at all and especially not the Kilton Mine incident even though he helped save many of the miners, he was my hero regardless.” Similarly Alan Found tells us:”My grandfather worked at Kilton mine he would have been there in 1954 he never talked about the explosion.” Michael Garbutt adds: ”The baby, Bill (who is 8 month’s old in this picture) was also my grandfather. I know the lady holding him is his mother Martha Ellen Garbutt (nee Lines), both Paul’s and my Great Grandmother. The gentleman behind them is almost certainly our Great Grandfather, also William Garbutt, who was also working down the mine at this time, working with the horses, probably as a drover (he was know as Dick Hoss!). He had been in a serious accident there, around 1902, in which he was made almost totally blind in one eye, which meant he could not work there for a while, and so went up to Handale Farm at Loftus to work, and is actually where his daughter Marian was born. I also have a nice story about this photograph; as when I was talking about it to my great aunt Maud (Marian and she would have been three years old then), she mentioned that she was also there, but was shy and ran behind her mother’s skirt while it was being taken!”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and others, thanks to Paul Garbutt, Alan and Michael Garbutt for these details, as well Simon Chapman for his assistance, any further any help would be much appreciated.

Bell’s Pit – Carlin How

Bell’s pit, due to its ownership by Bell Brothers, at Carlin How, was more popularly known as ”Duck Hole” (because of the very wet working conditions), it was towards the end of its working life known as North Loftus Mine. Bells Huts in Carlin How were originally built to house the workers for this mine; with just a short walk down hill to reach it! This image was probably taken by T. C. Booth of Loftus.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection, Carlin How Community Centre and others.

Carlin How – Duckhole Pit

Nice photograph, taken this time from Mill Bank; Glover’s Path can be seen as can the buildings to the left centre of the image belonging to Whitecliffe mine.  The old railway bridge is very clear, as are the steel works back right. Carlin How mine was known to the miners as Duck Hole owing to the wet working conditions. Simon Chapmann advises: “Duckhole closed in 1944 and in the image the headgear has been demolished. The chimney for North Loftus pit can still be seen so it is believed to be from about 1950.”

Image courtesy of several sources including Pem Holliday Collection, thanks to Simon Chapman for additional information.

Duckhole Pit

Another photograph of Duckhole mine and once again we can clearly see the works on the hill, also the remains of the camp on the fields below Duckhole. Dating and the guess would be about 1930 is assisted by the bus on the road opposite.

Image courtesy of several sources.

Duckhole Pit with Whitecliffe Mine and Kilton Mill in Foreground

This image is taken from a series of photographs produced by Bruce; a Loftus photographer, producing lots of images around old Cleveland. Many considered the name was emphasised because of the link to de Bruce of Skelton Castle and Kilton.

Image courtesy of several sources.

Duck Hole Pit

Not a very clear picture but we can make out Glover’s Path and Kilton Mill and on the hillside ’Duck Hole’ pit. It got this name because of the working conditions; it was so wet the men could be ankle deep or more in water while working down there – it’s real name was North Loftus Mine. Also to be seen in the picture are the remains of the original Whitecliffe mine. North Loftus mine was completely separate and only worked as an independent mine in the 1870s’. Later the shaft was acquired by Skinningrove Iron Co. and used to raise ironstone from Carlin How and Loftus mines, only being infilled about 1947.

Image courtesy of several sources and thanks to Simon Chapman for the additional information for this post.

Liverton Mine

A rather good shot of Liverton Mine, waiting for someone out there to advise where it was taken from.

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday.

Saltburn Station

Another memory jogging photograph of when the train could pull right up to the Zetland Hotel in Saltburn. Russ Pigott advises: “Interesting picture, must be about 1956/7, the train which was to become a Class 101 in later year does not yet have the ‘speed whisker’ applied to the front and also the platform canopy had yet to be extended in concrete towards Redcar. Interesting to compare this to the 1980s picture I submitted (Class 101 DMU Saltburn) as the shop visible in the corner hardly seems to have changed, and although the train is the same type the platform in in this picture had been out of use since 1970

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday, thanks to Russ Pigott for the dating and update.

Turntable – Middlesbrough

When first posted the Archive asked: “Now you train spotters out there where is this? I know you will be able to tell us, just reminds us of Thomas the Tank Engine!” Derick Pearson advised that the turntable was at Middlesbrough. Russs Pigott advised: ”The image shows (left to right) 67281; was the last surviving example of a G5, She was an 0-4-4T type. She was withdrawn by British rail in 1958. 43073. is definitely a Ivatt Class 4 and the last photograph I have of her is leaving Roose Railway station, Barrow-in-Furness in 1960. Where she ended up I do not know. 67663. Was a V1 2-6-2T Gresley. The Class V3 Gresley was introduced 1939, built on the same chassis and everything else. Appearance was much the same as the V1 but the V3 had a Higher Boiler Pressure. This one is the earlier V1. 63340. Is a Q6; it was originally a N.E.R class T2 0-8-0. Classified as a Q6 by the L.N.E.R. 120 were built at Darlington works between 1913 and 1921 to the design of Vincent Raven. They were based on the N.E.R Class T and T1- L.E.N.R – Q5s. All passed into British Railways ownership in 1948 and they were numbered from 63340 to 63459. 63372 was withdrawn in 1960 after an accident. The others were withdrawn from 1963 to 1967. Only one of them, the 63395 has survived to preservation on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. She re-entered service after a major overhaul in 2007. 67685. Was A Gresley 3 cylinder V3. The last reference I have to her is at Battersby Junction near Gt Ayton. Hope this sorts that one out.”

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday and others, also now known to have been on a CD produced by Derick Pearson.

Skinningrove Ironworks

A view of Skinningrove works looking over the top of the valley from the cliffs near Hummersea, the image is taken from a postcard believed to have been produced by T. C. Booth of Loftus. Eric Johnson tells us: ”Viewing this image: from the left the new 36 inch mill can be seen; moving right the soaking pits and then next right the solitary large chimney of the original 250 ton tilting furnace of the Talbots (melting shop). At the right of the photograph in front of the blast furnaces, the coke ovens are under construction; I believe they came on stream in 1911. During the Great War, extra furnaces and mixer were added to the Talbots; the soaking pits were extended; a second battery of coke ovens erected, and in 1918/19 a 18,000 hp electric motor installed in the 36 inch mill. I would date this photograph to 1910.” Margaret Atkinson comments: “My grandmother’s first husband Alfred Stubley who was born 1888; died 8th December 1913 at Skinningrove Ironworks. He was a tiler. There was an inquest and I would love to have more details about the accident.”

Image courtesy of Joan Jemson, thanks to Eric Johnson and Margaret Atkinson for the updates.