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Saltburn Railway Station

A Thirkell’s (of Saltburn) postcard view of the Station, obviously at least one of the railway staff knew of the event; the Stationmaster is standing on what is today the road! Traffic must have been very light; the date of this photograph is believed to be post 1899.

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka, thanks to Tony Lynn for the update

Saltburn Railway Station 1869

Known to date from 1869 (a newspaper clipping located behind this photograph was dated 20th November 1869), this view of the portico of the station appears to show Alpha Place on the extreme left. The photographer is unknown, but could it have been a local ‘snapper’?

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Saltburn Station

Another memory jogging photograph of when the train could pull right up to the Zetland Hotel in Saltburn. Russ Pigott advises: “Interesting picture, must be about 1956/7, the train which was to become a Class 101 in later year does not yet have the ‘speed whisker’ applied to the front and also the platform canopy had yet to be extended in concrete towards Redcar. Interesting to compare this to the 1980s picture I submitted (Class 101 DMU Saltburn) as the shop visible in the corner hardly seems to have changed, and although the train is the same type the platform in in this picture had been out of use since 1970

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday, thanks to Russ Pigott for the dating and update.

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.

Caravan Park – Saltburn – 1960’s

A different view of the caravan park at Saltburn; another Dennis postcard view shows a variety of caravans and towing vehicles with a post mark of September 1966. Obviously some were not touring much judging by their size and little ‘huts’ free-standing beside them. How different to the present day; from the days well before Tingdene with the chalet buildings and large ‘static’ caravans brought to site by trailer, rather than towed in by proud owners. Kenneth Coulthard advises: “I can see our caravan in this shot. Used to visit most weekends whenever schools were closed. Loved it.”

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka and thanks to Kenneth Coulthard for the update.