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The Saltburn Cafe 6

This final image finally has some staff(?) in view, that is the assumption; with a person behind the cafe counter. Although the two ladies in the door way can also be seen in the first interior view; standing in the double doors looking out over the front steps from the corner of Spa Bank and the lower promenade. Do you know whom they are?

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

The Saltburn Cafe 5

This fourth interior view (which if in the correct sequence should go between images 2 and 3), has a noticeboard which includes a poster for “The Little Theatre – Cabaret” with the opening night on July 9th. Year unknown, as yet; perhaps one of our watchers can assist? As with other pictures in this sequence, very few customers can be seen.

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

The Saltburn Cafe 4

This third interior view, obviously pans further round the cafe, showing the staircase to the upper floor. The use of windsor style of chairs give an idea of the quantity of customers the cafe could cater for at any one time. I have memories of the cafe in the 1950s, when with my mother of tea and other refreshments could be purchased from the cafe and taken to the beach. The crockery was a more basic white crockery; but complete with tea pot and was always returned to the cafe after use. No throw-away paper or plastic in those days; and obviously breakages must have had to be paid for! Does any of our watchers rmember these times.

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

The Saltburn Cafe 3

This view, number three in the series, is almost a reverse of the previous image; looking toward the side entance from Spa Bank. Obviously the wooden slatted chairs would be more easily stored when only the inside seating could be utilised in the event of inclement weather. Researches have revealed that by the 1939 Census Betty had married Alan Swift and moved to live in Middlesex. Reg Wilson was told by his mother: “Alan Ward was a notable cricketer”. The Archive is still researching this detail, Alan Swift in the 1939 Censu is recorded as an Assistant Solicitor;but would welcome any additional inforamtion our viewers can add.

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

The Saltburn Cafe 2

The second postcard view of The Saltburn Cafe, is the first of a series of five interior views of the cafe; looking out towards the pier (complete with the then familiar shelter on the end. Reg Wilson advised “My mother could remember that the manageress at that time was a Betty Osborne.” By the time of the 1939 Census (taken at the outbreak of WWII) the occupants of the cafe (which included accommodation in the upper storey) was a Miriam Osborne (55 year old widowed mother of Betty) and others. The glass topped tables and ratan chairs are very typical of that period, as well as the patterned crockery on the tables; giving an idea of the high status the cafe may had at that time.

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

The Saltburn Cafe 1

Today it is known as ‘Vista Mar’, but in the 1930s it was known as The Saltburn Cafe, featured in this series of postcard views; starting with an exterior view from Spa Bank towards Huntcliffe. Reg Wilson tells the Archive: “My mother worked at the cafe in the 1930s and had many happy memories of her time there.”

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

Thatched Cottage, Brotton

A further thatched cottage, believed to be close to the Ship Inn (on the rear part of Brotton High Street) and behind the present day Spar convenience store. It is believed that the thatched cottage is no more; having been replaced by a two storey Victorian brick building. The image when it came to the Archive did not have the details as listed on the image (‘SEE BACK’), so any additional information about the building or dating would be very welcome. Julie Riddiough has advised the Archive: ” The building to the right on the picture was The Shoemakers Arms”. Bill Danby (whilst conducting other researches) has advised the Archive of an entry for Skelton and Brotton District Council that on 6th July 1934 – demolition of 129 High Street, Brotton; Thatched Cottage.

Image courtesy of The David Linton Collection and thanks to Julie Riddiough for that update, also to Bill Danby for the actual demolition date of the building.

Old Green Tree Hotel, Brotton

A view of the Old Green Tree Hotel, Brotton; with plenty of bystanders to fill the picture for the photographer. Dating was not a problem, Nivard Ovington came to the rescue and his assistance is given further in this post. Note that the building as well as having a thatched roof only has a window in the gable end, no upper storey as the building has had since pre 1913 (based on a postcard view elsewhere on the Archive). Also the shop front to the left of this view, is now a series of houses before The Penfold and the more modern Spar convenience store. Nivard Ovington has assisted with: “The alterations were between 1901 and 1906. ‘Daily Gazette’ for Middlesbrough March 13th 1900: “Today at Guisborough Police Court Mr W RICHARDSON, solicitor, applied on behalf of Mr T WEBSTER, for sanction to alterations to the Green Tree Inn Brotton. Thus was a thatched house, 200 years old, and had been in the occupation of the present tenants family for over a century. Application granted”. ‘Daily Gazette’ for Middlesbrough March 6th 1906: “There is a report of an application by the landlord of the Green Tree Inn Brotton, requesting a seven day licence as there was at present only a six day licence, it is mentioned that it had recently been rebuilt. Application was refused. It was mentioned that when George WEBSTER took the Green Tree over in 1878 it was a seven day licence but he gave up the seventh day as he was a farmer as well, since then it was a 6 day whereas all other public houses were open seven days”. In 1907 the licence for the Green Tree was transferred to Robert Henry HEAD. ‘Whitby Gazette’ February 7th 1908: “Robert Henry HEAD of the Green Tree Brotton applied for a seven day licence. Its mentioned that the Green Tree had been rebuilt ‘five or six years ago’. The seven day licence was granted”. I descend from the WEBSTERs mentioned above, the earliest I have them there is 1823. 1823 ‘Baines Directory of Brotton’: Webster Richard , victualler : Green Tree.
But they were clearly there longer than that, Richard WEBSTER born 1767 at Brotton was my g.g.g.g.grandfather. In the photograph the man standing in the left doorway is probably Thomas WEBSTER”.

Image courtsey of The David Linton Collection and many thanks to Nivard Ovington for his assistance in dating and names of possible people in the image.

Red Lion Place, Redcar?

Another mystery which we would love some assistance in solving! This photograph came to the Archive with a request for any information; is Red Lion Place in Recar? There is a Red Lion Street, which links to Lord Street and was opposite a linking street to the High Street, so named by the Red Lion Hotel which was on the other end corner to the High Street; perhaps this shop was close by? Who is the young lady in the shop doorway and does anybody have an idea as to the date? Peter Sotheran suggests: ” Red Lion Place – was this at the southern end of Red Lion Street on land that is now a turning point for vehicles and close the the railway line?”

Image courtesy of Lynsey Peart, thanks to Peter Sotheran for the update.

Dormanstown Caravan

The title of this images gives a hint of the link to another image on the Archive of the ‘First House in Dormanstown’, Geoff Kitching brought this image to the Archive with information regarding possible use for the caravan; the reverse bearing the annotation: “Caravan dwelling at 1st house to be built”; whilst Bill Kitching advised: “Workers would come in to work and possibly hire a caravan as accommodation as there would be limited places to stay and it would probably be cheaper”. As the Kitching family had information about a relative; Arch Aubrey who worked as a plasterer for the company erecting the Dorlonco houses, he was visited by his parents and unidentified children, they are believed to be the people in the picture. Alfred Aubrey and his wife Annie, had four daughters (Grace, Ruth, Gwendoline and Winifred) which the Archive can only suppose they may be those in the photograph. The picture must have been taken early in 1918 as there do not appear to be many other houses visible.

Image and information courtesy of Geoff Kitching, additional information via Ancestry and Find My Past websites.