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At Boulby Cottages

Ray Conn’s grandparents; Katie and Stephen Wilkinson Easton, standing in front of one of the cottages at Boulby in 1918. Ray has told us that Stephen Wilkinson Easton carved his initials; S.W.E. on a stone at the quarry and it is still there. Vivienne Story (nee Easton) tells us: ” Kate and Stephen I believe are my Great Grand Parents.”

Image and information courtesy of Mr. Ray Conn and many thanks to Vivienne Story for the update.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Conn

Ray Conn’s parents;  Margaret and Norman Bennison Conn, at Boulby Cottages.

Image courtesy of Mr. Ray Conn.

At No. 6 Boulby Cottages

Grandmother Katie Easton holding a very young Ray Conn at 6 Boulby Cottages. The cottages, known locally as Tin City, were listed in the 1911 census as Iron Cottages.  They were built by Skinningrove Iron Company to house  the miners working at the Boulby Ironstone Mine.  The first ones were occupied by the end of 1906.  They were semi-detached bungalows built from corrugated iron sheeting on timber frames, standing on concrete foundations. The Boulby Mine finally closed in 1934 and in October 1936 The Ministry of Health issued a demolition order as part of a ”slum clearance scheme”; much to the residents displeasure. Over the next few years the tenants moved out and the cottages were demolished.  Ray Conn has told us that tin sheets and timber went to Wards Farm at Roxby and were used to build a large shed. Anthony Mugfordf tells us: “I discovered a relative – Thomas Mugford – who was an ironstone miner, who lived with his family at number 8. There was Thomas, wife Gertrude, adult son Thomas and children Gertrud, Dora, Florence, Lavinia and Hilda.”

Image courtesy of Mr. Ray Conn, additional information courtesy of cuttings from Northern Echo 24th October 1937 and materials courtesy of Eric Jackson; also to Anthony Mugford for the update.

Mr. Newton

’Old’ Mr Newton at the rear of the ’Tin City’ cottages. The bungalows had wash-houses at the back with coppers for heating the water.  Two of them can be seen on the right of the picture.

Image courtesy of Mr. Ray Conn.

1935 – Silver Jubilee

The children from Boulby Cottages all dressed up to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Sitting in the front row, from the left: Stan Fletcher, Lance Easton, and John and Raymond Conn. Also suggested that the pilgrim hatted girl in back row is Iris Roberts (?); also seated in front  possibly enjoying a lolly is Marian Roberts (?). Do you know any of the others?

The framework that can be seen on the cliff top, behind the second and third child at the left, is the tower of the aerial ropeway for Grinkle Mine.  Shale was tipped there.

Image courtesy of Mr. Ray Conn and thanks to John Roberts for the update.

Silver Jubilee Celebrations, 1935

Some of the residents of Boulby Cottages dressed up to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V.

Back row: ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, Grace Easton (nee Simpson).

Front row: Betty Day, ??, ??, Margaret Conn (nee Easton).

Can you add any more names, please?

Image courtesy of Mr. Ray Conn and thanks to Barry Easton, Celia Kentfield and Vivienne Story for the updates.