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Which Bridge?

”Haugh Bridge, Water Lane” was written on the back of this card, but we don’t think it is. Could it be the footbridge at the bottom of Slater’s Banks, taken from the field? The ’Private Wood’ was felled and cleared round about 1970 and has since regrown.

Loftus Woods

A Friths postcard and as it says – Loftus Woods – but this was in the days long before landslips and the restructuring of the hillside that went on more recently. As the other image of Loftus Woods is clearly marked Skilbeck our viewers will understand our confusion; however the Archive is now aware that Friths often used local agents to produce photographs.

Image courtesy of Rita Unthank.

Loftus Woods

Lovely peaceful postcard view of Loftus Woods from George Skilbeck; did he take the photograph or just sell the postcard? I wish I had a pound for every time I had walked across that waterfall, we never saw any danger.

Image courtesy of Joan Jemson.

Do You Recognise This?

Although Eric Johnson who took this photograph could not remember the location, we asked if any of you recognised the building? Bryan Richardson told us: “It is the old Regal Cinema.”

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Bryan Richardson for the confirmation.


Now Can You Recognise It?

Another photograph of the demolition of the Regal Cinema in the Market Place, Loftus.

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Bryan Richardson for confirmation of the location.

Now You Can Recognise It

Bryan Richardson rightly  told us that the earlier pictures were of the Regal cinema in Loftus as it was being demolished. Terry Clarke tells us: “I wonder how many people knew there were two picture houses in Loftus this one as you can see; in the back ground was the Golden Lion. I remember it well, the first picture that was shown there was King Kong, also Bambi; when Bambi got shot I never cried but when King Kong finished I went blue murder!”
Image courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Terry Clarke for the update.

St. Leonard’s Church

A slightly different view of St. Leonard’s church Loftus (St Leonard is the patron saint of prisoners) and is of St Leonard’s before addition of the north aisle, in 1901. During this period the town hall was used for services while rebuilding took place, a question “Is the town hall still consecrated?”

Loftus Church

Now known to be a hand-tinted postcard view of St Leonard’s, but were unsure of the date. St Leonard’s had the addition of a north aisle in 1901; however the iron railings are still around it so we know it was before they took the railings during the Second World War and before gravestones were laid flat. Most likely period is 1905 to 1912, unless anybody knows better?

St. Leonard’s Church

This view of the interior of St. Leonard’s Church in Loftus is from a postcard published by George Skilbeck, a Loftus photographer and stationer.

Image courtesy of Eileen Found.

Loftus, St Leonard’s Parish Church

An exquisite hand-tinted image of the Parish Church at Loftus; part of the Cooke’s Fancy Bazaar series; dating from pre 1906. Eric Johnson tells us that hand tinting was very popular then. Although the grounds today are more well-tended, the building was and still is a popular image to capture.

Image courtesy of Ann Wedgewood and Keith Bowers.