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A lovely clear shot of the hospital, the jetty in the background and  all the allotments on the hillside; the image is from a Smelt postcard. As yet the Archive has not sourced a clearer image, perhaps a viewer of the site can assist?

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection, Cleveland ironstone Mining Museum and others.

Skinningrove Hospital

Originally we posted this image in poor black and white format; but realised it was from a postcard (based on the number – upper right corner) and there must be a better quality image somewhere. Recently whilst undertaking a scan of another collection game upon the above image and so have replaced.

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka and Eric Johnson.

Skinningrove Hospital Fathers


This photograph was loaned to us by Geoff Hore and the title was written on the back has anyone any information on why it was called or who were the Skinningrove Hospital Fathers? But as Tony Nicholson has pointed out to us:”Two of the men seem to be patients (the man on the front right with crutches, and the man on the back left with an injured arm). It’s possible that the three individuals sat on the bench were patients too? The lad looks young, but could easily have been working in the mine.”  As Tony says the young man is not old enough to be a ”father”. The mystery deepens. Tony also tells us: ”I think the nurse on the left is the Matron of the Hospital, Emily Elgey. She came to the hospital in 1902 and died in 1924. The nurse on the right looks like her probationer nurse, Liebe Mary Bowen, who was there around 1910/11. I have photos of Liebe from much later in life (c. 1930s and 1940s) which seem to show a similar face, although all of us change as we age.” Rebecca Saywell tells us: ”The man sat at the front on the left, is my great great grandfather, James Abbott. He was born in 1855 and died in 1914. Geoff (who supplied the photo) is the son of my nan’s cousin.”

Please note this revised image, the original had been distorted in scanning – many thanks to Tony Nicholson – whom following his request to contact Geoff whilst following researches into the Miner’s Hospital at Skinningrove obtained an improved image.

 Image courtesy of Geoff Hore and thanks to Tony Nicholson for the advice; also Rebecca Saywell for the update.

Skinningrove Bridge, after the Flood

1903 and the bridge is washed away in the flood, to replaced by a new bridge which was opened by Lord Zetland.

Image courtesy of Olive Bennett.

The New Bridge

The old bridge  in the foreground following the floods of 1903 was no longer safe; so a new bridge was built.  This photograph (originally from an article in the Northern Echo) shows the opening of the new bridge.  The inset shows the cutting of the ribbon by Lord Zetland.

Thanks to Eric Johnson for supporting evidence.

Marine Terrace

The beck in the foreground with Marine Terrace behind it, the pigeon cotes stand out rather well, Skinningrove always was a place noted for it’s pigeon racing.  Once more the works stand guard over the village.

Image courtesy of Ted Morgan, via Eric Johnson.

Smokey Skinningrove

No smoke control at the time this picture was taken the houses seem to be making more pollution than the works.  The coal in use was probably supplemented by sea-coal gathered from the beach. Danny Plews says: “I wonder what year this is, it was probably winter time. I remember in 1961/62 that it could be bad, but the works were usually to blame”.

Image courtesy of Ted Morgan, via Eric Johnson and thanks to Danny Plews for the update.

High Street, Skinningrove, c.1967

Skinningrove High Street from the seaward end, looking towards The Square. The end of Stone Row can be seen at the left in the background. Colin Hart tells us: ” The building to the left at the top of the High Street is the end of Stone Row, the chapel sits back and cannot be seen.” A. N. Andrew also says: “The building in the centre background is the Co-operative which was the start of New Company Row.”
Image courtesy of Pat Sparkes and thanks to Colin Hart and A. N. Andrew for the updates.


Skinningrove, c.1967

A view of Skinningrove taken from the old path round the cliff to the jetty.

Image courtesy of Pat Sparkes.


Re-building Skinningrove

Do you remember the re-building of Skinningrove? Pat Sparkes told us: ”They rebuilt Skinningrove 1980 I have some photos of the houses being knocked down if you let me know how I can email them over to you.”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Pat Sparkes for that update. Her images will follow next.