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New Skelton Chapel Group

Another group of people from the New Skelton Methodist Chapel, believed to have been taken in 1935; Owen doesn’t know where this photograph was taken. 

Back row:  ??, Miss Tippett, ??, Ernest Ward.

Front row:  ??, Mrs. Speck, Mrs. Ward, ??

Image courtesy of Owen Rooks.

A Sunny Day

Owen Rooks thought this photograph of the group’s outing on a sunny day was taken near Guisborough, but wasn’t sure where. David Clements tells us: ”The picture looks like it was taken from Hanging Stone in Guisborough woods”. Sheila Drinkhall added: “I think the lady third from the left front row could by Elsie Johnson of New Skelton – she married my uncle – Edgar Chilvers.”

Standing at the back: ??, ??

Back row: ??, Mrs. Codling, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Speck, ??, ??

Front row: ??, ??, Elsie Johnson, Ellen Rooks, ??

Foreground: ??

Image and information courtesy of Owen Rooks, thanks to David Clements and Sheila Drinkhall for the updates.

Tallest Man

Known as The Yorkshire Giant or Long Harry, Harry Cooper was born in East Cleveland, but having joined the circus emigrated to to America and he died in Canada in 1898.

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka (who can trace a family link to Harry Cooper) and the Evening Gazette.

Two Deputies

Jack Robinson and Manny Kasley both deputies at Longacre Mine, the photograph was taken by Evening Gazette at Sparrow Park, North Skelton. James Wilks tells us: ”I received many a lecture from Mr Kasley he was a nice old boy, he used to refer to Coca Cola as poison.”

Image and information courtesy of Joan Webster daughter of Jack Robinson, also thanks to James Wilks for the update.

Lawrence D. Todd in Paignton (June 1948)

Do you remember the picture of the little boy on the cart in an earlier post? This is him all grown up! I’ll let Norman Patton tell the story in his own words:
”This is a ”Holiday Snap” of Lawrence and Mary Todd. It was taken in Paignton in 1948! After their marriage they lived in Richard Street; then William Street, North Skelton, before moving to a new bungalow, Auld Reekie, in Saltburn Lane. Lawrence worked at North Skelton Mine throughout his working life until it closed. (I think in the 50’s). He became the Check Weigh man, which I think is synonymous with being the local Union Representative? Later in his life he took an active interest in local politics and was an elected councillor. Lawrence died in 1957 and his wife in 1967 aged 65 and 71 respectively.”

Yes, I know Paignton is nowhere near Loftus – but North Skelton is!  Anyway I like the angle Norman is taking with these photographs – keep watching!

Image and information courtesy of Norman Patton.

George Todd

Who the devil is George Todd we hear you ask!  Norman Patton can tell you in his own words: ”George Todd traveled to North Skelton with his parents and several brothers from Rillington near Malton around 1870. They took up residence at No 17, Richard Street, North Skelton and, of course, found work in the local pit. This can all be verified by examining the 1891 census for Skelton. George’s dad had been a platelayer; probably connected with the new railway construction and George himself had an unsurprising affinity with horses which helped him to find his first job at the pit as a horse driver.” In the picture, George is about 40 years old and it can be seen from the writing on the cart that he is a Coal Merchant operating his own business out of 20 Sandringham Street, in Scarborough. He was by then married and had a daughter who would be about 8 years old. The picture was taken in 1900 and the lad is Lawrence Todd, George’s nephew, who would have been holidaying with his Aunt and Uncle George. In the 1901 census, Lawrence aged 9 years is living at 17 Richard Street with his other uncle and his grandmother. Lawrence eventually began work in the North Skelton mine and eventually became the ”Check weigh man”, Union man and subsequently a Skelton Town Councillor. Sadly, George’s wife died young and possibly in childbirth. George struggled with his business and young daughter and soon returned to Cleveland and back to the pit!” Those of you who know the Archive well enough know that it has a passion for Family History and one of the axioms we keep preaching is that Family History must tell a story.  The Archive was taken by this photograph (which has been made younger only by removing some of the browning that age causes) and by Norman’s storyline.  So we make no apologies for reproducing it in full – it gives a fascinating insight into a beautiful photograph!  Norman Patton also tells us ”I now believe this picture to have been taken in Wykeham Street in Scarborough.”

Many thanks to Norman Patton for the story and the update.