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Saltburn Views

Saltburn Views

A “JAY EM JAY Series” postcard dating from 1907, the senders were returning to Redcar after ‘A wet morning’. Still the views of Saltburn are really wonderful.
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah

Ha'penny Bridge and Italian Gardens

Ha'penny Bridge and Italian Gardens

A postcard produce by ‘H. Hamilton, Victoria Library, Saltburn-by-the-sea’ of the Italian Gardens with the Ha’penny Bridge in the background. Unused, but believed to date from the 1920’s.
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah

Riftswood Hall

Riftswood Hall

This postcard view of the Youth Hostel at Saltburn is unused so any date would have to be approximate.
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Red Gables

Red Gables

Marine Parade has wonderful views of the sea which were part of the original attraction of the development of Saltburn. This block of properties; Marine Hotel on the left, Masonic Hall in the centre and Red Gables on the right. The Marine Hotel was formerly Dr Burnett’s private house with his surgery at the rear. The Masonic Hall’s basement (after strengthening) was the headquarters of the ARP – air raid wardens – during World War II. Red Lodge was for many years used by Saltburn High School for Girls and is now a block of flats or apartments. Janet Courage (nee Thurlow) tells us: ”I attended Red Lodge in 1952, my first year of High School before moving to Cleveland Grammar School. I remember going down to the beach for P.E., those treks back and forth to Saltburn High School. I have lived in Vancouver, Canada since 1957 and just decided to find out what happened to Red Lodge.”

Many thanks to Janet for that update.

 

Marske Mill from the Railway Viaduct

Marske Mill from the Railway Viaduct

Another view of Marske Mill taken from the railway viaduct, we believe this is view is from the late 19th century, the house was built by the NER as the Superintendent or custodian of the viaduct’s house looks remarkably clean. No ivy or closely growing trees. But we await a definite date.

Marske Mill

Marske Mill

Marske Mill House was part of the collection of buildings gathered round Marske Mill, which sheltered beside Saltburn railway viaduct. Alas no more, it was a long way from Marske; that village having no water sources suitable to power a water mill. Saltburn Mill house can still be seen further down the same valley, nestled beside Cat Nab and below the road to Brotton. We believe the image dates from the 1930’s as it appears to be operating more as a farm (judging by the haystacks, etc.), although we welcome any updates upon this.

The Spa at Saltburn

The Spa at Saltburn

Built in 1884 as the Assembly Rooms and becoming known as the Spa Pavilion and familiar to all who travel up and down Saltburn Bank, originally known as ‘Cart Bank’. The original Assembly Rooms were to have been built on the corner of Britannia Terrace and Milton Street, but lack of funding was a problem.
The Spa catered for many social events for the town; concerts, dances, school presentations, ice & roller skating. I can remember seeing Paul Daniels as part of a dance and theatrical event, many years ago. The building is of course now the Spa Hotel, wedding venue, as well as providing accommodation and meals for visitors to the town.

Glenhow School

Glenhow private school for boys, opened about 1884 and was previously two houses; it was briefly again used as a private residence between 1893 and 1901. The exact date it became Glenhow School is uncertain, it was visited by HRH Princess Anne 21st February 1986 and finally closing in 1992. By the time of closure in 1992 girls were also pupils at the school. Today it still stands and has been converted back to private housing.Mike Wilson writes: ”I attended Glenhow as a border in 1949-1950. The headmaster then was a Mr Percy Sykes. The school continued in operation into the 1970s under the jurisdiction of Mr John Amos (I think)and his wife Barbara. Sadly Mr Amos passed away just before my son, Miles Wilson, started there as an infant in 1978 under the headmastership of Mr Anthony Petgrave-Johnston. We migrated to Australia in 1982 and so lost touch with the school. We now understand that Glen Howe has closed down. If there are any ex-pupils that remember me or my son Miles I would be glad to hear from them.” Whilst Richard Gowing tells us: ”I attended Glenhow from 1944, when it was evacuated to the house in Helmsley which was the Bishop of Whitby’s country residence and now the HQ of the national park. We were rather crowded there but it was great fun, in a lovely location. After the war we returned to Saltburn where I remained until 1948 when I moved on to Oundle. Percy Sykes was a great headmaster and formative influence; among other things he gave me a love of music which I enjoy to this day. My other great teacher was Miss Margaret Grinyer; a schoolmate whom I particularly remember was Bruce Tulloh who later achieved fame as a barefoot runner. Happy memories! It was sad to learn from the web that the school later closed, but good to see that the building survives, as I saw when I visited Saltburn recently.” Andrew Scott reports: “Bruce’s passing was reported in the Telegraph Obituaries”. Chris Holmes also tells us: ”I went to Glenhow school as a boarder, in 1972 the headmaster was Mr Amos; I owe that man everything as he was fantastic. What a school, great days!” Sarah Sumner (Williams) tells: “I went to Glenhow school in the 1980s. I have so many happy memories, and meet friends for life. I have moved back near Saltburn-by-the-Sea and plan on going back to visit”. Ruth Smith advises: ”Just read that Robert Shaw the actor was a teacher at this school. (See Wikipaedia)”.

Many thanks to Mike Wilson, Richard Gowing, Andrew Scott, Sarah Sumner (Williams), Chris Holmes and Ruth Smith for the updates.

Sunny at Saltburn

Sunny at Saltburn

A postcard view of Saltburn pre 1974 it is believed. A lovely sunny day and the dark presence of Huntcliffe in the background cannot diminish the beauty of the beach. Callum Duff tells us: ”The Pier was finally reopened in 1952 after being breached as a precaution during WW2. The refurbishment between the end of the war and this date also saw the removal of the bandstand and the addition of glass screens on the two walkways, either side of the shore buildings. The pierhead was lost in 1974 so there’s a timeline of 22 years. I would guess that perhaps this image dates from around 1960 when the shore end buildings were weatherboarded and painted white before Saltburn’s Centenary Celebrations in 1961.”
Image courtesy of a supporter of the Archive and many thanks to Callum for the update.

The Fountain at Saltburn

The Fountain at Saltburn

An early postcard view of the fountain which once graced the water feature in the Valley Gardens (or Italian Gardens as my grandmother used to remind us!). This sadly disappeared many years ago. Callum Duff advises: ”This fountain was one of the early features of The Valley Gardens and stood on the flat land below what is now the lawn adjoining the tearoom. It was built sometime between 1862 and 1874 and was surrounded by decorative urns. The base of the fountain can be seen to the north of what was the Chalybeate spring. The fountain itself was moved after WW2 to the site of the bandstand bombed in 1940 and remains of it still exist today. Some of the bases of the decorative urns still exist either in the vicinity of the fountain’s original location or in the beck nearby.”
Image courtesy of a supporter of the Archive and many thanks to Callum for the supporting information.