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Loftus – West End Chapel

Foundation stone laying ceremony of the ill-fated chapel at the end of High Row and Hartington Street; this postcard image by T C Booth of Loftus shows an array of younger members of the potential congregation or were they just keen to get in the picture? This building had to be demolished following the landslip in 1927, being relocated to Deepdale Road. Marjorie Magor tells us: ” Many people (bought a brick) hence the initials on the sandstone one`s. I know my family did (DADD) Also the (ELDERS) family on Cliffe Crescent.” Yet again no further details of date, people involved etc. Can anybody help?

Image courtesy of Mrs Dilys Thompson and thanks to Marjorie Magor for the update.

Another Wedding

This time it’s Ronnie Patton and Louis McGuire, I am sure most older Loftus people can pick out Betty McGuire, second right, cheeriest postwoman ever.  ”Tie-Pin Ted” is also in the photograph, who I am told was one of four Winspear brothers who lived at Liverton Mines. Louis’s father stands next to her and her cousin Beatrice, next to him. Two of the lovely small bridesmaids were Rosalie and Margaret Patton.

Wesleyan Wedding 1938

It’s thanks to Norman Patton Jnr. for this photograph of his parents’ wedding taken outside the Wesleyan Chapel (Newton Memorial Chapel), Loftus in 1938. The bride was Elizabeth Hicks from East Loftus, her parents and two sisters are also in the photograph. The groom, from the ‘Brickyard’, Mr Norman Patton Snr.  is accompanied by his parents and his brother Alan. This is the only photograph we have of a ceremony outside or inside the chapel, unless anyone out there can let us have any more.

Image courtesy of Norman Patton.

Peace Celebrations

One of several images that have come to the Archive of the Peace Celebrations in 1918 at the end of World War I, the series all taken by George Skilbeck appear to culminate in the people gathering as portrayed in the post “Gathering” on the Archive.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and others.

Loftus Peace Celebrations

Part of a series of postcards celebrating the 1918 Peace Celebrations, taken by George Skilbeck (possibly from the upper front room of his premises on Zetland Road). The celebrations are in full swing, making their way along Zetland Road, Loftus. This view is showing the body of the parade after the band heading the procession had passed.

A Parade – Where?

A beautifully decorated horse and cart in Loftus Market Place and maybe a May Day, carnival or float parade. Can anyone help? Derick Pearson notes: “Girl sitting in front carriage has a crown or hat on with the Star of David on it and seemingly royal apparel. Girls behind in white have Angels appearance and Wings. Small carriage behind that has Union Jacks.” But when was this parading?

Laying Foundation Stone

Laying the foundation Stones for the Congregational Church and the School 1906 on the corner of Westfield Terrace at the West Road, Station Road and Zetland Road junction. This is a very nice reminder with all the posters up. This was the first of buildings erected by Charles Hebditch who moved to Loftus from Scarborough, his names lives on today with his firm still working in Loftus.

Image courtesy of Derick Pearson, The Pem Holliday Collection and Jean Dean.

War Memorial – Loftus

War Memorial - Loftus

Remembrance Day at Loftus War Memorial, unfortunately we have no date; although from the army uniforms and style of dress of the attendees it is presumed to be after World War II. Can anybody assist?

Dedication of the War Memorial, Loftus, 11th November 1922

Dedication of the War Memorial, Loftus, 11th November 1922

Does anyone know the organisations taking part?
We suspect that there are representatives of the local Freemason’s Lodge, The Ancient Order of Foresters and the Odd-Fellows, but we really don’t know for sure! We are told by Marie Dixon: ”Second left from the man with the trilby is my grandfather, Christopher (Kit) Coulthirst he lived Park Terrace Loftus,I think my grandfather had a lot of interest in the Odd-Fellows hall.”
Thanks to Marie Dixon for that update.

Loftus War Memorial Dedication

Loftus War Memorial Dedication

At 2pm on 11th November, 1922, (one year after the end of registration of deaths due to the War or its effects), the Memorial at Loftus was formally consecrated.

The service was conducted by ministers of all religions, each taking a part of the service.

The guard of honour and firing party was provided by 4th Battalion, Queen Alexander’s Own, the Yorkshire Regiment, also known as the Green Howards. The local Battalion of the local Regiment had recruited so many of the men whose names were inscribed on the bronze tablets at the base of the Celtic Cross.

Thanks to Stu Coles for the update