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Old Junior School

A view of the front of the old junior school; now the Youth and Community Centre. This view was taken before Coronation Park was opened in 1937.

Coronation Park

Coronation Park, Loftus;  to give it the full title: ”King George VI Coronation Park”, being to be known by this name after the Marquis of Zetland gifted the land to  Loftus Urban District Council (chairman Rev. T. C. Booth) in July 1937. This postcard view believed to be by George Skilbeck.

Image courtesy of Ken Johnson and Maurice Grayson.

Station Road


Two men putting the world to rights on the right but I love the  light and the horses on the left of the photo. Looks as though there are some people either arriving or leaving the Station Hotel.

Julie Riddiough asks: “Has anyone got any pictures of Trinders shop front, my great great grandmother was Kate Trinder and would love to see what the front of the shop looked like?”
Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson, also Joyce Dobson and Keith Bowers.

Theaker’s Hair Dresser

The question is: “Where was Theaker’s Hair Dressers and who was this young lady?”

Now known to be the precursor to J. T. Bales Hairdressers, partly based upon the ‘Players Navy Cut’ placard above the window; being similar to that of J. T. Bales. Also researches by the Archive indicate this previously being Theaker’s Hairdressers. 

The Archive apologies for the quality of the image; being possibly from a plate negative and despite seeing three different copies of this view are still awaiting a more reasonable quality image. Can anybody assist?

Image courtesy of the Pem Holiday Collection, Maurice Grayson and Jean Dean.

Station Road, Loftus

A quiet scene on Station Road, Station Hotel in the background, two young boys talking; maybe about what mischief they can get up to later.  The boy on the left has a large basket, probably a delivery boy, whilst in the background to the right of the Station Hotel is the building which was J. T. Bales hairdressing salon.

J. T. Bales Hairdressers

This hairdressers if I remember rightly stood next to the Station Hotel; can you remember it? David Welford tells us: ” I seem to remember in the 1960′s that it became the Boy Scout hut for a while, to be later abandoned when the new scout hut was built behind Blenkinsop’s butchers shop. Then it was torn down, probably in the mid to late 1970s. We used to sled down the hill alongside this building in the 1960′s when I was a kid.” Ray Brown confirms this with: “It was actually attached to the right hand side of the Station Hotel, another use was it was used as a band hut for the Loftus town brass band that was formed in the mid sixties – you can imagine how bad the acoustics were in a wooden hut with a tin roof!”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and Derick Pearson; with thanks to David Welford and Ray Brown for the updates.

Horse Power

A wagon load of timber on it’s way to the Carnaby Willis Saw Mill; which was situated in Loftus station yard. This lovely image would be unlikely to be repeated today,  I wonder where the timber had come from?

Liverton Road Loftus

This image, another from the picture postcard series believed to be by T.C. Booth, was probably taken late in the afternoon in autumn or early spring (judging by the lack of leaves on the trees); causing strong shadows to be cast from the wall and bridge. Taken from further back than the winter picture it is a better-composed image with Liverton Road naturally leading the eye into the scene. From the posters on the fence it is obviously an election year – any ideas when?

Image courtesy of Jean Dean.

Liverton Road Loftus

This picture of Liverton Road, Loftus is from a series of picture postcards believed to be by T. C. Booth. It was obviously posed, as everybody is looking at the cameraman. The snow-filled sky and snow-covered ground have caused the cameraman to under expose the shot, leading to a dark, difficult to read image.

Image courtesy of  Mrs Sakelaropoulos.

Liverton Road, Loftus

Everyone out posing because the man with the camera came, even the little dog seems to know the importance of the day, a lovely photo showing the old  bridge and the houses. but the commentary explains all (from a calendar by Loftus Town Crier).

Image courtesy of Maureen Hogan.