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Lealholm

Lealholm

A Judges postcard view of Lealholm, dating from the 1950s. Sited at a crossing point on the River Esk, Lealholm has an long history and is recorded in the Domesday Book. It was recently described by the Sunday Times “as the prettiest village in Yorkshire”; a title it well deserves, being a popular destination for many visitors to Eskdale.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

Aislaby Church

Aislaby Church

Dating from the 1950s this Judges postcard shows Aislaby church, it stands at the western end of the village; dedicated to St Margaret built in 1897 as a replacement  a chapel (dating from 1732) which still stands further to the east.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

West Terrace, Redcar

West Terrace, Redcar

This postcard view of West Terrace is radically different today; ‘The Royal Standard’ renamed as ‘The Standard’ and the road is for buses only. The clock tower dedicated to Edward VII still stands at the end of the High Street, it is a Grade II listed building and a valued part of Redcar heritage.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

A View of East Cliff, Whitby

A View of East Cliff, Whitby

This Valentine’s postcard view taken from above Kyber Pass (just beside the whale bone arch looks towards Whitby Abbey and the east cliff. Dating from the 1950s, the flower beds and hand rails are much changed today.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

East Cliff and Bandstand, Whitby

East Cliff and Bandstand, Whitby

An un-mailed postcard is from the early 1900s, hand tinted it presents a colourful view of Whitby Abbey and Tate Sands.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

Whitby from West Cliff

Whitby from West Cliff

This Photocrom postcard dates from 1909 and is delicately hand tinted. Even in those days the senders were enduring ‘wretched weather’, some things never change.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

A Saltburn Letter Card

A Saltburn Letter Card

This letter card (an envelope with the above image on front) and space on the reverse for stamp and address was believed to date from the 1940s, note the fields where now there are caravans and a chalet park. Also how few vehicles are to be seen, a quieter pace of life. However; we have now been advised by Callum Duff: “Based on the appearance of two buildings, I would date this image between 1925 and 1935. The Pier Theatre was built in 1925 between the two shore end buildings to keep the pier as an attraction after being breached by SS Ovenbeg in 1924. The Assembly Rooms (now The Spa Hotel) was extended with an apron of new windows in 1935 and this work has yet to be started. If somebody knows when Exeter Street and Bristol Avenue were built, the date could be narrowed to something more accurate because it doesn’t look like work has started on this development either.”

Image courtesy of Iris Place and many thanks to Callum Duff for assistance in dating the image.

A Peep From Old Whitby

A Peep From Old Whitby

This enchanting postcard view is very aptly entitled, dating from the 1950s; similar views can still be gained and this despite the thronged main and side streets on both sides of the river. Although the younger people are differently dressed today, the older fishermen still bear an uncanny resemblance to those in this view.

Image courtesy of Iris Place. 

Whitby Fish Quay and Market

Whitby Fish Quay and Market

Viewed from the famous 199 steps, this 1960s view of the fish quay and market is still unchanged today, although the numbers of boats regularly using the quay and market is now much reduced. Also the long familiar ice making equip ment is now gone. But the hopeful younger fishermen still throng the harbour sides fishing for crabs and fish.

Image courtesy of Irish Place.

Whitby Lifeboat

Whitby Lifeboat

Whitby’s Trent Class All-Weather Life Boat ‘George and Mary Webb’ on station at Whitby; the boat arrived in 1994; it has a range of 250 nautical miles and can reach speeds of 25 knots. The boat is designed to lie afloat (it does not have to be launched) as it is ready to go at any time; a useful attribute when considering the history of earlier lifeboats at Whitby and difficult launches.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.