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At Micklow Cottages

Margaret Bowden (nee Willis) and her son Ted, are on the left. Margaret was a midwife. Mary Stainthorpe Hogan (nee Cooke) is in the doorway with her nephew, Peter Kitchener. The photo was taken at Micklow Cottages about 1951.

Image courtesy of Keith Bowers.


Snow – Micklow Lane

Heavy snow on Micklow Lane, featuring Scott and Guy Breckon with friend (What is the boy in the bottom right corner playing at?), in the late 1980’s. Pictured opposite the site of old windmill (in Joe Wilkinson’s field)

Image and information courtesy of Mrs. Breckon.

Stop Me And Buy One

Stop Me And Buy One

Mr Lol Trillo selling his home-made  ice cream in Tees Street East Loftus, we believe the date to be 1947; Mrs Linton is buying the ice cream for her son David. Cones (or cornets as they were known then) cost 2d for a small cone and 6d for a large cone. This was of course in the days long before decimalisation.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.


A lovely copy of a postcard in the Bruce series, this time what we used to call First Foulsyke, dated 1904. Daz Knight advises: “I live here! I’d be interested in any other old photographs anyone has of Foulsyke.”

Image courtesy of Mrs Pauline Ovington, thanks to Daz Knight for the update.


The outward appearance of these houses haven’t changed much over the years, we always new it as Second Foulsyke, but most now call it Far Foulsyke, but a rose by any other name. This is a copy of a postcard from the Bruce series. David Green advised: “I was born at Far Foulsyke in 1952 and lived there until 1975, during which time a lot of changes took place to both Foulsykes and Arthur Fields (which I helped to demolish). Foulsyke means smelly bog of which there was plenty due to several springs in the fields which also supplied drinking water for the houses before they where connected to the mains.” Christine Davey adds: “My grandparents used to live in the last house on the right-hand side of this row of cottages from the mid thirties and when my grandfather died, my grandmother Annie Cook continued to live there until the mid sixties. I have many happy childhood memories visiting her with my mother Ethel after school every Friday! It was a really tight community with Miller’s farm at the far end, and some very noisy guard geese, if memory serves me right!”

Image courtesy of Mrs Pauline Ovington, thanks to David Green and Christine Davey for the updates.


A pleasant aerial view of Foulsyke, possibly in early spring, dating from the 1980s?

Image courtesy of Cody McKay.

Arthur Fields – Loftus

Four cottages made up this row of fine freestone buildings with red clay pantile roofs. They were set in the fields between Loftus and Easington (going through Foulsyke, just past the houses there is a small gate that leads via a public footpath to the cliff road). Over one field and then Arthur Fields came into view. If my memory serves me rightly there was a windmill in the field near these cottages, long since demolished (both the windmill and the cottages). This collection of cottages sadly no longer with us, were similar to those of Micklow Cottages and were developed to house the alum workers of Hummersea. Katherine Johnson told the Archive: “My great grandparents lived at Arthur Fields for many years. They were Joseph and Ada Readman and their son Eddie lived with them for a while too. At one point in the 1950’s my mother – Margaret Johnson nee Readman moved in with her parents Betty and Alban Readman and her brother Francis Readman. I believe this was only for a short time.” 

Kay Petherick adds: “I have just discovered that the daughter of my great great grandparents lived at no. 2 in the 1891 census. Mary Brignall (nee Johnson) with her husband Robert and their 4 children. What a disappointment to find the cottages no longer exist.”

Image courtesy of the David Linton Collection and others, thanks to Katherine Johnson and Kay Petherick for the updates.

Street Houses – Primitive Methodist Chapel

Built in 1872 the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Street Houses; the former chapel now forms part of the farm buildings of Street Houses Farm. The stables beside the chapel experienced the Zeppelin raid of 1916. Considerable burning took place, which is still evident in the rafters of the stables. The chapel (now in the process of repair by Tony Garbutt) survived to this day, despite being ”modified” for use as a barn by previous farm owners.


The children had must have been told the photographer was coming and are eagerly waiting for their photograph to be taken. Streethouses was once a thriving community; large enough to warrant this primitive Methodist Chapel, which was opened in 1872. The cottages of Streethouses on the left of this image (and stood on a slight angle at the junction of the track from Easington and the Boulby road) have long since been demolished along with Arthur Fields, Micklow Cottages and Rockcliffe Cottages. Street Houses, Primitive Methodist Chapel (AD 1872) and the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Arlington Street Loftus (AD 1870) are unusual, they are both aligned north/south instead of east/west as other Christian churches are. This may be peculiar to Primitive Methodists (or a faulty compass). Eric Johnson tell us: ”I was baptised at Arlington Street and I don’t know the answer.”

Iain Warnes was born at Upton and christened in this chapel in 1939, his grandfather Walter Warnes, had a small farm at Upton. His great uncle Aaron Rolling had a smallholding at Hummersea next to Tommy Hart.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and others; supplementary information supplied by descendants of Tommy Hart.

East Loftus

An aerial view of East Loftus, showing the United bus garage on the far right with the playing field behind. Later known as the Arriva garage and now merely the framework for the roof and rear wall remain! To the right of the garage is the cricket field with the bowling green just visible at the end of it.  A lovely clear view of the streets and to the far left you can see the cemetery, the road in the  foreground is the A174 to Whitby.

Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos.