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Lumley Street Loftus

Another early view of Loftus; the are of Loftus known to many of the older generation as ‘The Brickyard’; being close to the original brick production yard near the Mars Inn (originally Mars Farmhouse). The style of dress of the young lads lounging against the window of number 1, give and idea of the date.

Image courtesy of a supporter of the Archive.

Cliff Crescent Loftus

An early view of Cliff Crescent, Loftus; this view of the Crescent will be familiar to all who travel through Loftus after ascending Loftus bank. The pony and trap on the incorrect side of the road gives an idea of how light the traffic flow would be at the time this postcard view was a good start. Such an activity today, discounting the vehicles kerbside parked would be a recipe for disaster.

Image courtesy of a supporter of the Archive.

Former Chapel on West Road

A view of the J. P. Brown’s garage on West Road, Loftus; many years later to be Charlie Stokoe’s garage. Originally the Bible Christian Chapel from the 1890’s into the 20th century.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Deepdale Woods Loftus

Bearing the Loftus Council Crest this delightful view of two young ladies presumably in their best outfits on a walk. They would cause quite a stir if seen today!

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson and Keith Bowers.

West Road Loftus 1904

A Bruce postcard view of West Road, Loftus post marked 1904; prior to the building on the south side by George Hebditch, note the still un-metaled road and the casual attitude to possible traffic by the onlookers. No. 26 West Road is the fourth house down in the second block of houses on the right hand side of this image; next door to the present day dentist’s at no. 27. Norman Patton advised: ” I have a birth certificate for my Mother’s Auntie Alice May Hicks who was born in No 26 in 1895. According to the 1891 census, her parents were already living at 26 West Road where they were the first residents. They had lived at 2 Westfield Terrace at the previous census in 1881 so we have the decade in which those houses were completed!”

Image courtesy of Ann Wedgewood and Keith Bowers, thanks to Norman Patton for the update.

Laying The Foundations

A further image of the foundation stone laying of the West End Chapel. Another T. C. Booth postcard of the ill-fated chapel, which in 1927 had to be demolished following the bank top slippage. It was then rebuilt on Deepdale Road.

Image courtesy of Margaret and Michael Garbutt.

Official Opening

The official opening of the ill-fated West End Chapel of Loftus in September 1911. Following a landslip at the top of Loftus bank on 27th September 1927, the chapel had to be demolished owing to being unsafe. Well attended, gentlemen not only suited and booted; even top hats can be seen amidst the bowlers and straw boaters. Whilst the ladies are in floral dresses and equally well hatted! The banding in the brickwork of the chapel is of a similar style to that of the Congregational church at the end of Westfield Terrace.

Image courtesy of Margaret and Michael Garbutt.

Bank Top Chapel

Primitive Methodist Chapel and school at Mill bank top, Loftus. This fine building had a short life; it was destroyed in a landslip in 1927. There are images elsewhere on the Archive of the aftermath of the slip. Adam Cuthbert commented: “Never seen a photograph of this before. It looks like this is where the park is now at top of the hill? Are there any photographs of the petrol station that was on the other side of the road?”

Image courtesy of Pat Bennison, thanks to Adam Cuthbert for the update.

Zetland Foundry

Zetland Foundry, Loftus; initially owned by Robinson Brothers, then Tinsley & Sons and now used by Brough & Horner (proprietor Steve Whitlock). Still connected with iron working, this image taken about 30 years ago, over looking the allotment, the owner had a fine crop of potatoes that year. Margaret Atkinson adds: “My uncle used this in the 1950s, I remember helping him to bundle kindling; hated the job but that’s what family was about.”

Image Eric Johnson, thanks to Margaret Atkinson for that update.

Loftus – an Aerial View

An aerial view of Loftus taken as part of the works to rectify the slippage on Loftus bank,

Image courtesy of Keith Ferry.