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Yes Stokoe’s garage as it used to be many years ago.
Photograph kindly loaned to us by Wendy Stokoe

Loftus from the Air c.1935

An Aerofilms series postcard view of what was then Loftus Senior School (later Loftus Junior School and presently unused) as well as West Road and beyond. Note the allotment gardens where Coronation Park is now, as well as the absence of any housing on what is now Coronation Road.

Image courtesy of Joyce Hore and the Mining Museum

Deepdale Wood

Deepdale Wood

A plate from a book of views of Loftus.

Top of the Bank

The shop and house in 1984.  It changed hands again, once or twice, over the years and the shop has now gone; there’s a garden in its place.

Image courtesy of John Roberts.

Congregational Church, Loftus

A picture post card of Loftus Congregational Church; the writer of the card was not very impressed with it! It is now known that this card and many others of Loftus were produced by T. C. Booth, the Congregational minister.

Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos.

Congregational Church

Yes I know we have this one but I thought it is rather a different view of the church; looking at it from the side rather than the front.

Image courtesy of Ray Silver.

Congregational Church Loftus

Not a very clear picture of this notable feature on the main thoroughfare of Loftus, on the original posting the writing could not be seen clearly; by adjusting the contrasts it is possible to read more of the test. It is obviously taken from an edited letter card or possibly a poster, the Archive continues to hope for a better image. This image does show the outdoor pulpit very well; as the former church fell into disrepair it was advised that the outside pulpit be preserved as there are very few left in the country; but sadly the vandals are taking no notice; today all that remains is the floor of the pulpit and a portion of the original metal balustrade.

Westfield Terrace

A row of rather up-market houses – considering that the average miner lived in a two-up-two-down with his entire family if he was lucky. As an example the 1911 Census lists residents various professions including, an auctioneer, a pawnbroker, Rev. Thomas Colledge Booth lived at number 5, a railway engine driver, retired farmers or widows of the same, the Registrar of Births and Deaths, Tyler Tyers the Primitive Methodist Minister lived at number 8 and living at number 12  was Alexander MacKenzie whose Drapery and Grocery store was at that time on the corner of the Market Place.Number 13 and the last on the row at that time was occupied by Thomas Henry Tarbit Loftus’s Surveyor and Sanitary Inspector; obviously the address to live at and even today the row presents as a well-built and pleasant row of houses. 

Image courtesy of Marjorie Magor.

 

Westfield Terrace, Loftus

A good image of these upper class terraced houses (fancy facing bricks) with the usual inquisitive urchins posing for the photographer.

Westfield Terrace, Loftus

A young gentleman poses for the camera on Westfield Terrace, could it be before 1940 as the iron railings are still there?  As the older ones amongst us know the iron railings were all taken during the war.

Image courtesy of Jean Dean.