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Brook House Again

This view of the rear of Brook House gives a real impression of how it perched on the side of the road, but also of how close to the Gas Works it really was! When first built it would be a substantial dwelling and one of the largest houses in the village.

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Regeneration?

Regeneration is perhaps ‘over-egging it’, obviously Brookside Motors were more concerned with vehicle maintenance than building maintenance? Perhaps this photograph was taken on a quiet day or perhaps they had also been ‘moved on’, prior to total clearance of the site?

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Brookside Motors

Brookside Motors was obviously a well chosen name for the business, it could not get much closer to Skinningrove Beck? This view of the premises featured in “Regeneration? gives an indication as to how industrialised parts of the valley were and how it has now a more rural appeal.

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Gas Works Site

The Gas Works site at the time of these photographs still had a gas holder in-situ, it can bee seen on the extreme left of this image.

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Gas Showroom, Skinningrove

A view of the rear of the Gas Showroom, this view gives a clearer view of the footbridge as it crosses Skinningrove Beck towards Grove Hill. Views from within the Showroom would have been of both upstream and down stream of the Beck; the Fire Exit door in the end must have previously had stairs, otherwise a very interesting escape route!

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Closed Gas Showroom, Skinningrove

The Gas Showroom with bricked up frontage facing the road and beside the footbridge, awaits the fate of demolition. To the right is the equally ‘un-loved’ Brook House, a reminder of how Skinningrove used to look when it house workers from the mines and the steel works on the hill top.

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Brook House, Skinningrove

Brook House, Skinningrove to give its’ correct postal and census address or as it was known The Gas House.It was the personal accommodation for the Manager of the Gas Works, shown in this image after the closure of the site. Purpose built in the 1870’s the house stood beside the Showroom and close to the footbridge which crossed Skinningrove Beck beside Angling Green. This is the first of a series of photographs of the Gas Works after closure and before final demolition, hence the buildings are all boarded up! Do you remember the gas holders behind the wall?

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A Skinningrove View

A Skinningrove View

A Valentine’s postcard view of Skinningrove that is long gone, this includes the Miner’s hospital and still remembered by some; as well as the former bridge over the beck, replaced following the flood in 1903.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

'Cliff Rescue Practice – Spring 1982

'Cliff Rescue Practice - Spring 1982

A cliff rescue practice with members of the Skinningrove Auxiliary Coastguard and Cliff Rescue. Do you recognise yourself? Please tell us!
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

World War I Air Raid Shelters

World War I Air Raid Shelters

The caves at Skinningrove beside Kilton Beck were used as air raid shelters for the staff and patients of Skinningrove Hospital during the Zepplin raids of World War I. Brian Sawdon confirms this with: “These caves were also used in World War II; my mother took shelter there”.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Brian Sawdon for the update.