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Charabanc Trip?

This image bears the caption: ”Cleveland Train Service, Loftus and Skinningrove Motor Express”. We believe this is an image of the bus service laid on by the North Eastern Railway when Kilton viaduct was being converted to an embankment; showing an open bus outside Loftus Station. Simon Chapman has advised us: ”It took from 1907 to 1914 to convert Kilton Viaduct to an embankment and trains continued running; but in January 1911 cracks were noticed in a pier so trains were halted for a fortnight whilst extra tipping took place to safeguard the structure. This charabanc service operated between Loftus and Skinningrove Stations for those two weeks, and trains from Liverton Mines had to get to Cargo Fleet via Whitby and Battersby.” A view of the filling in of the Kilton Viaduct can be view on the site.

Many thanks to Simon Chapman for the information.

At Upleatham Drift Entrance

A group of Ironstone Miners and their Marra’s pose at the entrance of the drift, we can see a midge, a pick or two and a pry bar, but no shot canisters – could this be a work party rather than a group of miners? We now know who; from top left: Isaac Collins, Jack Norman (with pick), Jack Leng(?), Bill Pinchin, Charlie Hitchcock, ??, ??, Mr. Swan (Backbye Deputy), Guy Herbert, ??, Ben Hamer.

Original information researched by the late John Owen and provided by Chris Twigg of Hidden-Teesside

Upleatham Mine – East Winning Entrance

The heading tells us where it is and have the men stopped for a break or just to pose for the photograph? This image is from the tramway that went in the direction of Saltburn at the Upleatham Mine workings and dates from 1910

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to David  and Mike  for the information and updates.

Upleatham Mine

We wondered as to why the constable was present? Mike Holliday tells us: ”This photograph shows miners at work at the recently filled in East Winning digging out Lost Pillars c. 1890. The men in the picture are from left to right:
PC Welburn, Jack Norman, Ben Hamer. PC Welburn as well as being the village policeman was also responsible for collecting due rents from the inhabitants of the house’s as owned by Pease & Partners. With the mine owners being a strict Quaker family – there was a ZERO tolerance on alcohol and gambling – ‘many a village’s “still” was raided and the tenants evicted in the name of Pease & Partners. PC Welburn died in 1910 due to pneumonia at the age of 52.”

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to Mike Holliday for that update.

Upleatham Mine Management (1904)

This image of the Upleatham Mine Management dating from 1904 was supplied by the great grand-daughter of William Hall, mining engineer; 1852 – 1942, at New Marske, from the original photograph with all named in William Hall’s handwriting. Looking at the midges on display this group also includes the working management of the mine, not just the topside management.

Back row (left to right): B. Robinson, J. ’Darkie’ Reed, Ralph Clark, Dan Bailey, Harry Bowes, Wilf Hardy, Henry Goldfinch.

Middle row: Pev Thompson, William Douthwaite, Walter Durance, J. Hood, William ‘Wood’ Sigsworth, ’Tiny’ Thirkettle.

Front row: William Hall, Joe Beaumont, William Howes, Christopher ‘Kit’ Heslop, William Durance, William Jones, John Bevan.

M. Foster tells us: “That’s my great great great granddad, William Howe I believe. He was born about 1828. Thanks for putting this photo on, giving me that chance to see him.”

Image courtesy of Cleveland Mining Museum and thanks to Mike Holliday and M. Foster for information and updates.

Upleatham Mine Visitors

This has to be either bizarre or this group were the owners and their families!  Who would visit an iron ore mine in walking out clothes!  All the same a very good image of the travelling drift at Upleatham, we are unsure as to why the tub would be on its side though! Paul Anderson tells us: ”The people to the far right are my great, great, great grand parents John (Jack) and Jane Pinchin of 86 Dale Street, New Marske. The photograph is circa 1915-1920. They came up from Manningford, Wiltshire in 1881 looking for work and had 12 children. There are still members of the Pinchin family in New Marske today. ”

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to Paul Anderson for that update.

Skinningrove Jetty


A picture of Skinningrove Jetty at low tide, showing the vertical-boiler steam locomotive and a rake of pig-iron trucks, the two steam cranes and the fixed derrick crane on the end.

SS Hummersea

SS Hummersea

An image of Skinningrove Jetty with SS Hummersea moored up for loading, with two steam cranes in attendance, either just before or just after high-tide by the water levels on the jetty wall. Even more rare is the vertical-boilered railway engine (known as ”the coffee pot”) on the left with the train of pig-iron trucks; we’ve never seen an image with these on before, or with a vertical-boilered railway engine.  The pig-iron trucks were lowered from (and raised to) the works via a rope incline down Jetty Bank – a feature still visible to this day. SS Hummersea looks pristine – we  wonder if this was her first trip?  Her last according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was during World War I, when it was believed she struck a mine and sank. Charles Hannaford advises us: ”My great uncle, Charles F Hannaford, was the Master of the S.S.Hummersea. The ship was lost in December 1915, probably by an enemy mine as my uncle died from his wounds in naval hospital, London on 30th December 1915 and listed as a casualty of war. As the wounds were unlikely to have been caused through the ship foundering in the bad weather and the submarine activity at the time was low, a mine is the most logical explanation.”

Many thanks to Charles Hannaford and Terry Shaw for the updates.

Loading at the Jetty

Loading at the Jetty

Seen here, the SS Northgate at Skinningrove jetty with the cranes busy at her side.

Beck Meetings, Dalehouse, 1884

Beck Meetings, Dalehouse, 1884

This photograph was taken at Beck Meetings, Dale House on the 20th December 1884 (according to its caption). Simon Chapman advises : ”It shows a train from Mr. Palmer’s Grinkle Park mine carrying workmen towards Port Mulgrave. The locomotives were ‘cab less’ to allow them to travel through the low tunnel under Ridge Lane.”

Many thanks to Simon Chapman for the update.