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Tivoli Cinema at Carlin How – 4th December 1914

A postcard view of the Tivoli Cinema at Carlin How; the day after the fire! It obviously collected a number of sightseers and mostly young people judging by this view of the day after; the Archive has been advised by Bill Kitching “the Tivoli was left derelict after it burned down and was actually still in use before the fire; it was effectively the community centre and had theatre productions as well. He and other kids would later play football in the space it used to  occupy. In this photograph there is a small group of three men in the foreground on the left in front of a post. The slightly shorter man on the right with his hand in his pocket is my fathers’ father Joe Kitching who worked at the pit  and the man to the left of him with his hands together was a Mr Bayfield who was the horse-keeper at the pit.”

Image and information courtesy of Bill Kitching via Geoff Kitching.

Cometh the Cavalry?


Our final image of this selection of the events in November 2003. Perhaps calling them the cavalry is ‘over the top’, but residents and motorists must have been relieved to see some sort of help arriving? But how long before the road was passable? We would love to know!

Image courtesy of Ray Brown.

Sandbagging November 2012


CUTS staff must have felt like King Canute trying to stop the incoming water as they worked in 2012? In 1957 it was Stonehouse’s garage that would have been in a similar plight.

Image courtesy of Ray Brown

Flooding at Carlin How November 2012


In 1957 a similar view was evident in Carlin How (it is on site) when Brotton Road filled with water from melting snow, this image from 26th November 2012 proves that nature can still disrupt life and travel in East Cleveland. I think the gentleman might be getting wet feet?Originally posted as being 2003, however that was incorrect; as Ness Clarke pointed out!

Image courtesy of Ray Brown and thanks to Ness Clarke for pointing out the error and thanks to Ray Brown for the correction.

St Helen’s Church, Carlin How

In 1899, land was set aside for building a church for Carlin How and Skinningrove. The foundation stone was laid on the eve of Ascension Day; Wednesday May 23rd 1900, by Mrs Dorman of Grey Towers, Nunthorpe. The church was consecrated on the 30th October 1901, by the Bishop of Hull Rt Rev R.F.L. Blunt. D.D.

Image courtesy of Loftus Town Crier and others, information kindly supplied from Loftus parish website.

Carlin How Military Parade

This image which came to the Archive (having been found under another framed photograph) and was believed to be a muster for World War I; but it is now known to be the Carlin How detachment of the Skelton ”G” Company of the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. The Archive has now had confirmation of these details following receipt of a titled postcard image of the same event: ‘Detachment of the Skelton “G” Company, 1st Volunteer Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment”. Their uniform then was Red Jacket, Blue Trousers and White Collar, Cuffs and Webbing. Bill Danby advises: ”In 1908 Richard Burden Haldane, the Secretary of State for War, re-organised the Volunteers nation-wide into the Territorial Force and they became attached to their local regular Army Regiments with the same uniform etc. The Volunteers in this area became the 4th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. The young man on the left with the bicycle is a mystery (see Bill’s note later), likely to be the son from some local well-to-do family, superior education and in a profession, while the lads would be down ”Duck” and Loftus Mines and on the Works etc. The rifles are the Magazine Lee Enfield Mk I, which were slowly replaced during the War with a shorter version with a faster loading method, but still with a bolt that the soldier had to manipulate to load the next round. The Volunteers had no obligation to serve abroad and I doubt whether these lads went further than their Annual two-week Camps which were usually held in the Summer at a seaside place. The 4th Battalion lads used to receive £1 for going and used up their holiday from work. When the War came they all re-enlisted to a man to serve abroad. It is likely that some of those on the photograph were still serving and went off to the Front. What a pity we do not know their names. It could have been some time after 1908 when new uniforms were issued, so early 1900s is about as close a date as I can suggest.” The Archive is now trying to find as Bill Danby suggests: ”When Mr T W Wood left off pulling pints.” Further information on this image would be most welcome. Bill further advises the Archive: ”You would think in a small village location that they were all local men, so it seems there is much that is not known about how local volunteers were organised into different roles. The bright uniforms had long been seen as a liability in warfare and when the khaki service dress and webbing of the First War was issued to local volunteers is not known, interestingly the two cyclists wear the wrap round putees that came into general use and the other lads have what looks like leather gaiters.” Researches have now discovered that Thomas W Wood was at the Maynard Arms from 1886, recorded in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 Census at the Maynard Arms; his death is recorded as being in 1912. Mrs Alwyn Wood tells us: “My husband’s grandfather was William Wood and owned the Maynard Arms. His father Harry Wood grew up there”.

Can anybody assist?
Image courtesy of Dan Holme, information courtesy of Bill Danby and thanks to Mrs Alwyn Wood for the update.

Kennedy Crescent, Carlin How

This William Richardson of Loftus postcard view of Kennedy Crescent, post marked 1906, bears a small cross. This indicates the bedroom of the sender to his aunt!

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Carlin How Road Repairs

Roadmaking outside the Chapel at Carlin How with the steamroller in immaculate condition (on hire?) to Skelton & Brotton Urban District Council.

Image courtesy of Olive Bennett.

Coronation Street

A 1920s view of Coronation Street (but not the one on the telly!), Carlin How. How quiet the street seems, no traffic to scatter the onlookers!

Image courtesy of Keith Bennison.

Front Street Carlin How

Carlin How square, with an early E type United bus picking up passengers, sometime in the 1920’s.

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson and Keith Bowers.