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Hummersea House

Entitled Hummersea House, this image is more recognisable to many as Hummersea Farmhouse. Hummersea Farm was originally built for the Manager of the Alum quarries and works, the farm house being built to the right in an ’L’ shape layout. The photographer obviously ensure the whole family were in view when he arrived to take this image, all in their best clothes? Perhaps somebody can identify the family?

Image courtesy of a supporter of the Archive.

Cleveland Street Loftus

Cleveland street, Loftus. The well worn steps suggest the sandstone houses have been around for a considerable time, when were they built? The gas lamp is a fine piece of street furniture. Andrew Pearson advises: “The houses in Cleveland Street, Loftus were built in 1825. Number 9 was my first house.” Martin Wray asks: “I can’t find any information on the building number 6 Cleveland Street, all information is very much welcome.” Raymond Thomas Harrison tells the Archive: “We moved from 2 Chapel Row to 12 Cleveland Street in about 1945. No 12 had a bay window. Then we moved to No 6 in about 1958.”

Image courtesy of Olive Bennett, thanks to Andrew Pearson, Raymond Harrison and Martin Wray for the updates.

Wilkinson’s Store, North Road

Wilkinson’s store, on the corner of North Road and Cleveland Street Loftus. Prominent on the photograph is Isaac Robinson of Loftus Foundry; who lived opposite the shop at Robinson terrace. His trademark white topper is seen on many early 20th century images of Loftus. This from a postcard view produced by T C Booth. George Trow advised: “My mum later had a hairdressing shop there; she was Dorothy Jackson then Dorothy Trow.”

Image courtesy of Olive Bennett, thanks to George Trow for the update.

Hummersea Farm and Haymaking

The heading for this post was taken from the title of this postcard. A truly rural scene, complete with we presume the farmer (in white hat and light coloured coat) to supervise the gathering in of the hay. It is believed to include members of the Hart family from Hummersea farm.

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson and Keith Bowers.

Alum House Ruin

This postcard view of the “Ruins” as it is described on the card must date to post 1906. On site we have an image of the same building in a better state of repair which is postmarked 1906. This image is now known to have been produced by T. C. Booth of Loftus.

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson and Keith Bowers.

North Terrace Loftus

Approaching from Loftus this is the scene as you reach North Terrace; the dress would be somewhat different today but the houses haven’t changed much. Adam Cuthbert tells us: ”I recall viewing No 1 North Terrace as a possible home and found the original side oven still in situ!”.

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers and thanks to Adam Cuthbert for that update.

Old Alum House at Hummersea

A different view of the Alum House showing Cattersty point in the background. How well preserved it looks at that point in time, an impressive building. The image is taken from a postcard possibly by T. C. Booth and could possibly date from the early 20th century.

Image courtesy of Ann Wedgewood and Keith Bowers.

Seymour Hill

A lovely shot of Seymour Hill. What date would you put on this photograph? We think early 1900s.

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson and Keith Bowers; an update of an image originally posted courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Seymour Hill Terrace

North Road Loftus, looking uphill towards Seymour Hill on the way to North Terrace. A scene virtually unchanged from the present day. The shop on the right is now a private residence. But the new housing estate is beginning to appear at the top of the hill.
Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers.

Hummersea Beach in 1906

A postcard image of Hummersea beach with the remains of the alum house and chimney still dominating the beach. The postcard is postmarked 30th August 1906 and the beach looks to be well used by visitors, enjoying the sunny day.

Image courtesy of Jean Hall.