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Can You Help to name the Young Ladies

Cousins in England-1

We have had a request for assistance in naming people in the image, Can anybody assist?

Elaine Meadows (nee Tyerman) tells us: “As you look at the picture taken at Runswick Bay in the 1950’s the first 2 children from the left hand side are unknown, (possible from Hinderwell or Runswick Bay); then my cousins Janet and Christine (Chris) Pearson as they were then aged 5 – 6 years. They lived Browns Terrace at Hinderwell, and Chris still lives at Hinderwell. 2 of 4 children of Cyril and Hilda Pearson (nee Tyerman)….their other two siblings are not on picture. We have asked all the family if they know the other 2 girls….and nobody knows them…they are not family members. The picture was sent from Canada saying on the back your Cousins from Hinderwell… as I said the two on the right are…..the other two are definately not Canadians.”

If you can assist please send via the comments facility and we will pass on to Elaine. Many thanks.

Port Mulgrave – July 1982

Originally a fishing port, the harbour at Port Mulgrave was used as the only feasible transportation point for iron stone quarried from the Grinkle Mine. In use from the late 1870s till 1917; the machinery on the jetty was being dismantled in 1934 when the wooden gantry accidentally caught fire. The Royal Engineers subsequently destroyed the breakwater on the seaward side to prevent German invasion, even less remains that that shown in this 1982 image.

Image courtesy of The Pem Holliday Collection.

Windmill at Hinderwell

Hinderwell Windmill, a Valentines postcard dating from about 1895. The chimney showing the mill machinery was operated by steam engine at this date. The sails redundant and later removed. the gates in the foreground are a level crossing across the Loftus Whitby Railway. Wendy Wharton asks: “Do we know what year the windmill was built and was it part of Holme Farm that was built in 1726?” Can anybody assist?

Image courtesy of Olive Bennett, thanks to Wendy Wharton for that query.

The Hinderwell Well

This John Thomas Ross of Whitby postcard image is entitled “The Old Pump Well” although often called “St Hilda’s Well” where traditionally whilst St Hilda was travelling to Whitby stopped for a water and having prayed for water, a spring appeared. The well today is more of a monument presentation, no lever pump to possibly be prevent vandalism! Anthea Ellis advises on names: “Front right Lizzie Hodgson, front left Lizzie Hodgson (unrelated); on steps John Gray, Hannah Trattles, Annie Lyth, Mabel Wheatherill. Children Bob Billam (left), Joe Dawson.”

Image courtesy of Olive Bennett and Maurice Grayson, thanks to Anthea Ellis for the update.

Hinderwell Windmill 1904

A view of the windmill which this time includes Hinderwell village in the background. This postcard view (postmarked July 1904) shows the windmill in apparent working order. Danny Plews aked: “Can someone tell me if this windmill was owned by the local coal merchant? I can remember, as a boy sleeping in this Windmill, when I was invited by HIM – forgotten the name! He had someone who was in Friarage Hospital at Northallerton along with my sister Janet!” Anthea Ellis advised: “First mention of a windmill in Hinderwell was 1374, most probably wooden, only designed to last 50 years. The Royal George Union Milll stood until the middle of the twentieth century, and possibly had it’s origins in the eighteenth century. Local tradition has it that this mill was erected in 1820, and it may be that the name came from a sense of royal pride following the coronation of King George IV in that year. It stood seven storeys high, powered by four sails and contained two pairs of French stones and cylinders. Isaac Moon, also the miller at Dalehouse Water Mill, (Baines Directory 1822) erected the mill. His son George inherited the entire estate. Shares to convert to a Union Mill were offered for sale in 1868 in an effort to improve business (Whitby Gazette Notice); Shares £5, Shoulder of Mutton Inn, 6 o’clock Tues 3rd November 1868. A steam engine was installed in 1870. Mentioned in a conveyance in 1873 as “a wind corn mill with steam mill and having two granaries”. It ceased production towards the end of the nineteenth century, with the machinery removed about 1915. The village held dances on the floor of the old windmill. The building was dismantled in the mid 20th century, and the stone sold to build a house in Lythe.”

Image courtesy of Ann Wedgewood and Keith Bowers. thanks to Danny Plews and Anthea Ellis for the updates ,

Pond Farm Hinderwell

Pond Farm Hinderwell. The family home of theTyerman’s as well as general farming they also bred Cleveland Bay Horses. Members of the Tyerman family also lived in Holme Farm, Hinderwell High Street. The family had strong connections to the Brown Cow on the High Street.
Image courtesy of Elaine Meadows (nee Tyerman).

Holme Farm Hinderwell

Home of the Tyerman family with strong links to Pond Farm and the Brown Cow. Both the farm and the inn are almost opposite on the High Street in Hinderwell. Holme farm was later the home of the Sanderson family.

Image courtesy of Elaine Meadows (nee Tyerman).

A family wedding 1913

Family group wedding with the marriage of Emily Jefferson to Stanley Hill; 16th June 1913. Jefferson was the female side of the Tyerman family line.
Back row: ??, ??, Joseph Henry Tyerman (Senior), ??, ??.
MIddle row: ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, Annie Tyerman (nee Jefferson – wife of Joseph Henry Tyerman (Senior) holding Joseph Henry Tyerman (Junior), ??, ??.
Front row: ??, ??, ??….
Seated on grass on the grass, far right: Vena Tyerman (Elaine’s Aunt).

Image and names courtesy of Elaine Meadows (daughter of Joseph Henry Tyerman – Junior).


Hinderwell High Street, around 1900; the curious onlookers gaze at the cameraman having set up his equipment in the middle of the road, at this date it’s doubtful if a motor car had been seen in Hinderwell
Image courtesy Maurice Grayson.

High Street Hinderwell

A late Victorian scene in Hinderwell, the lady walking down the road would seem to be carrying a white bundle on her head. Whilst the three girls pass the time away on a day off school?
Image courtesy Maurice Grayson.