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North Skelton Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

An image believed to be of the interior of North Skelton Wesleyan Methodist Chapel from possibly the 1920s and apparently dressed for a harvest festival or a wedding. The building still stands today and is still used as a place of worship, Geoff Kitching tells us: “The Chapel was corrugated iron on the outside and wood on the inside. My Dad had relatives living just round the corner in Wharton Street in the early 1900’s but he says that they were not Methodists but strictly Church of England.”

Image and information courtesy of Geoff Kitching (son of Bill Kitching formerly of Carlin How).

North Skelton Post Office – 1920s

North Skelton Post Office in the 1920s, pictured we have: “The young girl with the flowers is my dad’s sister Sally (Kitching) and the other young girl is his eldest sister Edie. The post office was run by my dad’s great uncle Bill Young and his wife Bessie who are the two figures on the far right here. The young woman second from the left is dad’s aunt Annie (Smith), next to her is his Aunt Nellie and then Arch Aubrey who was the husband of Annie Smith. I don’t know what the occasion was. We think the Post Office was at 10 Wharton Street.” The Archive can confirm that William (Billy) Young was Sub-postmaster with his wife Bessie at 10 Wharton Street; they still lived there in 1939. The Archive would again welcome information as regards the possible occasion, especially as all present were obviously celebrating some event.

Image and information courtesy of Geoff Kitching (son of Bill Kitching formerly of Carlin How).

 

Kilton Valley Viaduct

This Kilton Valley Viaduct view comes from an undated and unused postcard, possibly previous to 1905 and the in-filling between the supporting arches. It is possible that the locomotive will give a possible dating and the Archive would welcome any assistance. Geoffrey Allen has responded to our request with:”The locomotive appears to be a N.E.R Class O 0-4-4T (LNER/BR Class G5) it is in Lined NER Livery. These engines were built at Darlington Works between May 1894 and December 1901; 110 in total so a 1905 date is possible. They were used on the Saltburn to Scarborough service and the number of coaches may suggest that this is such a train. Of the six coaches the second to last appears to be an earlier 6 wheel coach, the last of which were built about 1897 all the rest are bogie coaches, the first is a birdcage brake coach and the last may also be the same but the details are obscured. The other 3 appear to be low roofed bogie coaches built from about 1895 to 1906.” 

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka; thanks to Maurice Dower for the update and many thanks to Geoffrey Allen for the excellent update.

Zetland Road Loftus

Taken from a George Skilbeck postcard view of Zetland Road, giving an excellent view of both Arrowsmiths memorials on display and the windows of Knaggs shop in the premises in the present day occupied by the Opticians. Can anybody assist with a date for this image?

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Saltburn Possibly 1918?

This postcard image of ‘Chocolini’s’ corner in modern-day Saltburn is believed to show the Peace Celebrations at the end of the First World War; based upon the variety of flags, Boy Scouts being present and numbers of uniformed persons present. But the Archive would welcome comments, supporting evidence or further information.

 

Image and information courtesy of Geoff Kitching.

United Bus at Redcar 1920s

Eamann O Ruairc tells us: “The man standing in front of it is my grandfather, Michael (Mick) Magee. He began working as a driver, but since he was a very skilled mechanic (he had served his time as a motor mechanic and had spent World War I as a driver in the Army Service Corps on the Western Front) he was soon put to work as a mechanic in the depot in Dormanstown. During his stay in Redcar; Mike became deeply involved in trade unionism and in socialist politics. At some point he became the chauffeur of a Fabian MP. Whether this was a full-time job or a part-time one I do not know. Mike may have worked for the Transport Workers Union and was also very active in the organisation of the 1926 general strike. In 1930 he emigrated to Detroit where he became a key figure in the trade unions in the Ford factories.”

Image and information courtesy of Eamann O Ruairc; Eamann is also seeking further information about United Bus Company in Redcar in the early 1920s.

Tivoli Cinema at Carlin How – 4th December 1914

A postcard view of the Tivoli Cinema at Carlin How; the day after the fire! It obviously collected a number of sightseers and mostly young people judging by this view of the day after; the Archive has been advised by Bill Kitching “the Tivoli was left derelict after it burned down and was actually still in use before the fire; it was effectively the community centre and had theatre productions as well. He and other kids would later play football in the space it used to  occupy. In this photograph there is a small group of three men in the foreground on the left in front of a post. The slightly shorter man on the right with his hand in his pocket is my fathers’ father Joe Kitching who worked at the pit  and the man to the left of him with his hands together was a Mr Bayfield who was the horse-keeper at the pit.”

Image and information courtesy of Bill Kitching via Geoff Kitching.

Mr French’s House after Fire January 11th 1908

Callum Duff has advised the Archive: “The house in your photo is in fact, ‘Manesty’ on Marske Mill Lane. Building commenced on this house in 1905 and was originally called ‘The Homestead’ but was damaged by fire during its construction in 1906. Partly rebuilt in 1907 by Cackett and Burns Dick of Newcastle upon Tyne for Major HR French. The house was bought in 1919 by a Mr Hutchinson who lived in the adjacent house then called Manesty; he changed name of this house from Homestead to Manesty. ‘Manesty’ is a vernacular revival house of sandstone with ashlar dressing and is one of Saltburn’s listed buildings.

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka and many thanks to Callum Duff for the update.

Toll Bar Cottage, Saltburn

This undated postcard view of what is nowadays called Toll Bar Cottage on Saltburn Lane Lodge on the Skelton side of the Halfpenny Bridge. The booth from which the Gate Keeper collected the toll for crossing the bridge was at the Saltburn side and so must have involved a possibly windy and wet walk to work every day!

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka.

Ship Inn at Saltburn with Chalets

This Valentine’s Postcard view of the Ship Inn at Saltburn, shows just some of the chalets built around the building during the early 20th century by Robert (Boss) Welch who with his wife Ellen ran the Ship for many years. At that time the Ship had chalets to both the front and rear of the building, the four cottages beyond the Ship are clearly visible.

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka, information regarding the Ship Inn courtesy of Jean Wiggins “Saltburn-By-The-Sea – The Archive Photographs Series”.

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