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A Window Display

A display advertising Skipper – tinned fish products – a part of one of Race’s regular changing window displays. William Race’s shop was listed in Kelly’s Directory in 1913 as ‘Confectioners and Pastry Cooks’; William gave his trade as Grocer and Baker in the Census of 1891. Can you remember Skippers Sardines?

Image courtesy of Mervyn Sherwood Brown (via Dean Gibson).

Race’s Shop Loftus

William Maxwell Race, in the doorway of his shop in the Market Place; the original ‘Race’ between the Camel (in reality Cammell – the name of the next shop in the Market Place) and the Lion. The lion being the Golden Lion which is to the right in this image. Dating the image places it well before 1923 (William’s death) and is probably about 1900. William Maxwell Race was the uncle of Mervyn Sherwood Brown who sent the Archive this series of images.

Image courtesy of Mervyn Sherwood Brown (via Dean Gibson).

National Provincial Bank – Loftus

Alas no longer a bank, this building in later years and before it finally closed it was better known as the Natwest. I can remember there being a National Provincial bank, becoming the National Westminster bank and then Natwest. How the interior of the building changed would be apparent to all who used the building in later years. Peter Appleton comments: “Reminds me of the National Provincial at Saltburn when I was just a young lad depositing the odd carefully saved sixpence into my savings account.

Image courtesy of a supporter of the Archive, thanks to Peter Appleton for those memories.

High Side Looking East


This view of HIgh Side and the High Street, dates from after 1910, but is pre the war memorial which was erected in 1922. Note the horse-drawn transport ’cards’ left on the road, perhaps the roses did not need any more to ensure a good show? Norman Patton tells us: ”The Newton Memorial Chapel stands magnificent in the background.”
Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos and many thanks to Norman for that update.

Loftus Town Hall

A further postcard image of the Town Hall, a welcoming sight to all travellers through Loftus. The Town Hall was built by Lord Zetland in 1879, replacing on the same site the Parish Church School built by Zachary Moore (formerly Lord of the Manor before Lord Zetland) in 1746.

Image courtesy of Joan Jemson.

Church in the Trees

Church in the Trees

An unusual view of St Leonard’s church, this postcard image views the church through the trees. It gives a different perspective to the building.

St Leonard’s Church

St Leonard's Church

Another wonderful hand-tinted postcard view of the parish church for Loftus. Dating from about 1900 it is a wonderful view and well worth repeating on site.

An Old Postcard View of St Leonard’s

An Old Postcard View of St Leonard's

This Auty Series postcard dates from the early 1900s, in those days postcards being the primary means of communicating ensured a constant demand for images of people’s familiar home town views. This in the days before emails, texting or Twitter, how much quieter life must have been.

Loftus Dam

Now only a memory! The waterfall and upper pond at Loftus dam were destroyed in the floods which devastated Gaskell Gill, Loftus Mill and Bridge.

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson.

St Leonard’s an Unusual View

This full height aspect of the east end of St Leonards church, was only visible for a short period during the demolition of the Golden lion hotel stables and the building of Lingberry Garth; opened by Prince Charles on 30th march 1994.

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson.