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Life After Duckhole!

The Archive didn’t know the date of this photograph but Hurd’s woodyard took over after Duckhole pit was closed; the wood stacks being visible in this view. On top of the hill we can see where the ’buckets’ or aerial ropeway turned. Eric Johnson updated with: “Duckhole mine closed in 1946; also visible is the old road junction from Mill Bank past Kilton Mill, branching right to Skinningrove and left to Carlin How. Moving left the rail bridge over the zig zag line to Skinningrove can be made out. (I believe it was removed in 1958). Moving up the photograph, the old rail bridge from Carlin How to Loftus can be seen. On top of the bank to the left of the aerial ropeway can seen the old North Loftus mine chimney, removed in ???; the street lighting column seen on Mill Bank in the foreground is of a type used in ???. split the difference 1946/1958, guess 1952.”

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday and thanks to Eric Johnson for the update.

Carlin How

Carlin How

Here we are in deep water again, would you say this is about the 50’s ? We are advised by Jan Snaith (nee Carveth): ” This is Stonehouse’s Garage (now Cutts) on Brotton Road, Carlin How. We lived in the house on the corner next to the garage. The road regularly flooded and we all used to help push the cars through the water when they got stuck – great fun.” Sharon Frost tells us: “I lived at No. 11 Brotton Road it was left just like it was in the 50’s”.

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday; also thanks to Jan Snaith and Sharon Frost for the updates.

Carlin How Square 1950’s

This is a nice photograph of Carlin How Square in the early 1950s. Notice all the telephone wires going to the large chimney stack on the centre house rather than to the lamp-post as today. Also note the bus stand on the left where everyone used to catch the bus Loftus / Whitby Bound. The bus on the right is marked Workmen, it is obviously the day shift ending time from Skinningrove works. Note also what was called Cunningham’s house in the centre of the junction at that time. Joan Jemson tells us: ”I remember when we lived at East Loftus about this time a ’works return’ for dad used to be 3d a day, what’s that in today’s money less than 2p?” Rita Beckham Adds: “”I enjoyed the photographs of Carlin How they brought back a lot of memories; we lived at 31 Lax Street, before it was knocked down to make way for the new road. We then moved to 10 Front Street when I was about 13, the person up the ladder in the photograph of the square is where we lived, but not sure who it is. Our Dad was blacksmith at Skinningrove pit, and had a garth near the bottom of Pit Bank.”

Image and primary caption courtesy of Derick Pearson and many thanks Joan Jemson and Rita Beckham for the updates.

Coronation Parade 1937 No. 2

A second image of the Coronation Parade of 1937, taken a short time after the one with the horses on also named Coronation Parade 1937. This shows the same scene and the shadow of the chimney pots on the shop roofs you can be certain they were taken on the same day and within minutes of one another. When zoomed in you can see even the people looking out of the windows above are the same people. Derick Pearson advises: “I have the date on similar photographs as 1937 as that is what I was told they were many years ago when I obtained them.”

Image courtesy of Carlin How Community Centre, thanks to Derick Pearson for the update.

The Wesleyan Preaching Room – Carlin How

A postcard view of the Wesleyan Preaching Room in Carlin How. From 1875 until 1912 Wesleyans in Carlin How worshipped at this Preaching Room; the forerunner to the present Methodist Church. It was known as the ‘Upper Room’, and was given by the late Mr. T. C. Hutchinson from the early days of Skinningrove Works. Derick Pearson tells us: The gentleman in front of the cart was Mr Scaife the coalman.” Concerts were regularly held in the Preaching Room, ’Loftus Advertiser’ 8th March 1895 describes ”The Last of the Season” as a concert in aid of Choir funds under the direction of the ’capital and vigorous chairman’ Mr T. W. Wood (inventor of the eight-day alarm clock, innkeeper, Scoutmaster and Local Councillor). Rita Beckham advises: “I enjoyed the photographs of Carlin How they brought back a lot of memories; we lived at 31 Lax Street, before it was knocked down to make way for the new road. We then moved to 10 Front Street when I was about 13, the person up the ladder in the photograph of the square is where we lived, but not sure who it is. Our Dad was blacksmith at Skinningrove pit, and had a garth near the bottom of Pit Bank.

Image courtesy of The Pem Holliday Collection (and on a cd produced by Derick Pearson), additional information courtesy of ”Jean Wiggins – Around Loftus”; thanks to Derick Pearson and Rita Beckham for the updates.

Furnace Cottages, Carlin How

A picture of one of the terraces of Furnace Cottages, Carlin How; taken when the houses were being demolished. Furnace Cottages were so called as they were so close to the blast furnaces.

Image courtesy of Elizabeth Mellor.

Carlin How

The Working Men’s Club viewed from Brotton Road, a lovely building one hundred years old in 2011; having opened in 1911. The first Steward was Harold Bowling (grandfather of Roger Barwick), Harold later became landlord of the Maynard Arms.

The Builders

The Builders

We thought that this was a photograph of Hebditch’s builders, but we could not place the terrace of houses that they were working on. Stephen Steyert has now told us that this is Rawlinson Street, Carlin How. Charles Hebditch came from Scarborough to Loftus and built the Congregational Chapel in 1906 followed by the houses on the south side of West Road, between the garage and West Park Avenue. In 1911 he was living in one of them; ‘Briardale’, with his family. He bought the land on which nos. 20 to 25 Cliff Crescent stand in 1908 and the houses were completed in 1909. At that time he was working in partnership with Theodore Wilcox, another builder from Scarborough. He also built many other houses in and around Loftus. In answer to Mark Green’s query, Lax Street originally faced Maynard Street; the entire row of houses was demolished when the road was re-aligned removing the necessity of the traffic to pass through Carlin How in a series of sharp bends.

Image courtesy of Loftus library and many thanks to Stephen Steyert for that update.

Carlin How from the Air

This aerial view of  Carlin How shows passing United buses in the square in the late 1960s and prior to the new road system.

Derick Pearson has happy memories of this area: ”The old Air Raid shelters on the common where the Tivoli Theatre stood many years before hand. We used to play on the roofs of these as children. The telephone box on the extreme left near the rear of Porritt’s shop where we used to get our Paraffin. We could stand here near the toilets and see the bus coming from Loftus and then run into the square to catch it as it came up the bank from the old lazy S bend road bridge. The houses in the centre island between the Skinningrove and Loftus road which belonged to Cunnington in my childhood days. Also the grass area in front of the houses in Stevenson Street, no fenced off gardens then and also behind Front Street the houses of Lax Street, all moved long before the new road was built. The School and playing field. The bus stands were bustling most of the day as the shifts changed on the works. So many memories from a small area.” Stephen Thornton asked: “What was the building to the left of the Maynard Arms, siding on to Chappies Bank? Has any one seen any photographs of the Air Raid shelters at the top of Queen Street? Same concrete roofs as these, ideal for playing on.”

Image courtesy of Carlin How Community Centre; thanks to Derick Pearson for the commentary of this now vanished scene and to Stephen Thornton for the update.

Carlin How Square (1905)

1905 was the year that Albert Einstein published all of his famous works on relativity – and also the year that the title of Prime Minister was created – the band in this photograph appear to be practicing, as there are not many onlookers. Derick Pearson has put these photographs of parades in Carlin How Square in order for us and this is what he says about the one above. ”c1905… notice the white pit chimney in between the houses down the road on the way out of the square to Loftus.  Note also on the front fence of Front street (not the dividing ones), behind the band to the left.” Derek Dobson advises: “I lived in cottage far left for a while till they built a road over it.”

Thanks to Derick Pearson for the update and the image, which is a Richelieu postcard. Also to Derek Dobson for the update.