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Kilton Valley and Loftus Viaduct

Kilton Valley and Loftus Viaduct

This postcard view of the Loftus Viaduct is one of a series of cards (all bearing the Loftus coat of arms), we have no idea of date as all are unused. Derick Pearson reminds us that the viaduct was filled in in 1913 and that the works cooler building and chimney were in-situ before 1905. We believe this dates from the period 1895 to 1905. But we await verification on this date.
Image courtesy of Olive Bennett, many thanks to Derick for the advice.

Kilton Castle

Kilton Castle

Another hand-tinted picture postcard, and although of unknown production one of the copies viewed is clearly postmarked 1902. Not so much the castle but the ruins of what must have been a beautiful castle. Today it is difficult to find in the undergrowth with brambles and nettles covering what remains, whilst the whole site is shrouded by trees.
Image courtesy of Kim Whalley and John G Hannah.

Cooling Off.

Cooling Off.

Near Loftus viaduct is the caption and a long time ago by the look of the clothes worn by the boys, can you date it?

Photo courtesy of Pat Bennison

The Walls

The Walls

A lovely picture of the walls of Kilton Castle courtesy of Ray Brown who thinks it was taken in the late 70’s. Was that when Leeds University used to come in the summer to excavate there?  I wish I could have seen it in all its glory.

From The Other Side

From The Other Side

This lovely photo courtesy of Ray Brown shows the castle wall from the other side. Were these just a lookout post or were they there to shoot the arrows through?

Kilton Castle

Kilton Castle

I don’t think you could see it like this now as it is so over grown all around it, but a lovely photo.

(photo courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum)

Kilton Castle

Kilton Castle

Once the impregnable stronghold of the De Thweng’s, Kilton Castle fell into disuse when Lucy De Thweng married and went to live at Skelton Castle (not the neo-Gothic building that now occupies the site of the old Skelton Castle).  Even less of this castle exists today, despite its Ancient Monument status.

Another from the book of views of Loftus.

Kilton woods

Kilton woods

Kilton woods on one side of the valley and Whitecliffe woods and Glover’s Path on the other side with the beck running between.  The children seem to be having a great time in the beck

Kilton Wood

Kilton Wood

An idyllic rural image, just to show that the Loftus area wasn’t all Ironstone Pits and Smelters – well most of it was!

Kilton Valley

Kilton Valley

Looking towards the viaduct, from Mill Bank side.

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