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Skinningrove Works

Skinningrove Works

An interwar photo of Skinningrove Works.

A George Skilbeck postcard courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Powerful Machines

Powerful Machines

Our image carried the caption on the reverse of: ”North Skelton Mine – Machine Shop”; however we are now advised by Simon Chapman: ”This shows the inside of the power station at Lumpsey Mine erected in 1903. You can make out four sets of machinery; each one comprises two vertical steam cylinders driving a generator. The chap is standing behind one of the generators, which is not revolving fortunately, as those unguarded rotors spinning round must have been highly dangerous, and probably sparked impressively.
This plant was installed to power drilling machines underground and also some lighting and pumping equipment. Now 110 years later the huge building has gone but the concrete foundations for these four machines still remain.”

Image courtesy of Olive Bennett and many thanks to Simon Chapman for this supporting information.

Steel Works Carlin How

Steel Works Carlin How

Under what seems to be a stormy sky the steel works appears to be a dark and dismal place. Blake’s ’Satanic mills’ again spring to mind.
Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers.

Showing the foundry's range

Showing the foundry's range

The moulder shows foundry products, he is holding a fire grate; on the left is a manhole grating. A substantional castings contract was made for the construction of Scaling Dam in the 1950s. But the days of the small iron casting foundry were nearly over. it is now used by a firm making wrought iron ornamental railings etc.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

Moulder at Work

Moulder at Work

Preparing a mould, in sand, the top half of the moulding block is on the left ready to be clamped to the completed casting. Observing behind the moulder is Robin Wilson.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

Loftus Foundry on Tour

Loftus Foundry on Tour

An exhibition of Zetland Foundry was held at Whitby sometime in the 1950s. A selection of foundry products were on display; manager Oliver Wilson on the left. Moulders name is unknown, help is required.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

Do you remember Mick the dog?

Do you remember Mick the dog?

The foundry workers pose with a selection of pipes and troughs for the new Skinningrove Furnace.
Left to Right: Ted Kilvington(seated), ? Dickson (beret), Donald Goldstraw, Gordon Leeks, Isaac (Rusty )Jackson. Kelly ?, Mr Oliver Wilson Manager, Pinkie White with Mick the dog, Alan (Charlie) Thompson, Alan Starsmore, John Shaw, Syd Cockburn, George Barry, Ron Leist (seated on pipe). most of the names from an article in Loftus Town Crier by Mary Shaw (Bielby). Can you help fill in the blanks.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson and thanks to B Jenkins for the update about Micky.

Clean Up Time

Clean Up Time

“Fettling” the first trough cast for Skinningrove new furnace. Left to right: Lionel, Alan, “Rusty”, Syd and Donald.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

The First Casts

The First Casts

On the casting floor – preparing moulds for casting – Beamish Museum expressed an interest in the venerable hand operated overhead crane in this photograph.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

Ready for Action

Ready for Action

The canopy and charging platform are ready for use.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.
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