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Inside Liverton Church

The Archive asked of this some of the carved pillars inside the church: “Anyone know when this church was built?” Phoebe Newton advised: “It was built in the 12th century but restored in the late 18th century, the carvings must be Norman.”

Image courtesy of Jean Dean, thanks to Phoebe Newton for the update.

Liverton Church

Inside the church at Liverton; a small but beautiful church.  Are they oil lamps hanging there? These are also triple Norman Arches – very similar to Lastingham church – near to Hutton le hole.

Liverton Mines Chapel

The image was donated by Iris Knight (nee George) Her father (Tom George)was lay preacher at the chapel and just for good measure, he must at the time been the tallest man in the village at 6 feet 4 inches tall as Iris recalls. Sheila Alderson tells us: ”I remember the Sunday School at the back, we went through the door on the right hand side. Before I left England my name was written on the outside window ledge across from the ’Hollywell’ (Sheila and Paul); I wonder if its still there….lovely memories of my childhood ….” Mel Stevens (Wobblywotnotz) commented: “I now own the chapel at Liverton Mines and was thrilled to find a picture of how it looked when it was still in use.”

Image courtesy of Iris Knight (nee George) via Ray Brown, also thanks to Sheila Alderson for the update.

Liverton Church Interior

A colour-tinted photograph of the inside of Liverton Church.

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris.


Somewhere different; I don’t think we have another photograph of Liverton or of these cottages which I always knew as Petch’s Cottages am I right? As Jill Gale tells us: ” This is at the corner of Moorsholm Lane with main road. Village hall to far right of picture.” Bill Watkinson tells us: ”I and my family lived in the last one next to Moorsholm Lane from 1968 when we bought it for £2500 and they were known as 4 Petch’s Row then. My Mum and Dad sold up in about 1984 when a motorcyclist was killed in the side garden. The second house in the row was lived in by Mrs Harrison and young Jim her son who worked at the Shrubberies. The house behind the village hall was lived in by a lady with Parkinson’s disease where I used to go to get our Sunday chicken.”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Jill Gale and Bill Watkinson for the updates.

Liverton Mines

But not as we know it today, no council houses (so dating to pre World War II); although they have swept quite a lot of rubbish up to be collected.
Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.

Liverton Mines

Liverton Mines, but not as we know it today, what date would you put on this photograph. Ray Brown tells us: ”The area the children are playing on will now form part of the row of houses known as Liverton Road and by the style of the Liverton Road Houses I would suspect these were built in the 1930s – so my guess is circa 1910-20s? Google Earth says the Houses facing are called St. George’s Terrace – not quite sure on that one, I can say that the end one was once occupied by Sister Grace Parks – a staunch Methodist.” Graham Suggett advises: “I can help a little. My mother (Florence Brown) born at Number 3 Graham Street, Liverton Mines, was in service as a girl of 16 from August 1919 until April 1921 with Mrs C. W. Gains who lived at 1 Cliff Terrace, Liverton Mines. I have happy memories of visiting my grandparents, Alice and Harry Brown and many happy hours in Liverton Wood with Uncle Harry and his spaniel Raq.”. Graham Suggett has a further update: “Google wrong about St George’s Terrace. The picture is Cliff Terrace (Cliff without an e) and the street to the left is Liverton Terrace. I cannot remember Zeppelins but I was there to see a Lockheed Hudson crash during WWII in what is now St Cuthbert’s Walk. I well remember that there were a lot of remains of buildings from the ironstone mine amongst which we played and also the skyline was dominated by the slag heaps. Very occasionally we ventured up those to the north though walking was difficult because of the loose slag. The big one to the south was separated by a path leading to Liverton Wood. We never dared to climb up the big one. The reservoir of the mine was still there and used by my grandfather to raise ducks.

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to Ray Brown, Raymond Wilkinson and particularly Graham Suggett for the updates.

Liverton Falls

The Archive could not place these falls and asked: “Can anyone tell us anything about them, please?” Janet Wilson answers our question with: ”Liverton falls are in what we used to call “Shaw’s Banks”. They are about 1/4 mile upstream from Liverton mill. Permission to visit them should be sought from the mill owners, as the falls are on their land. My brother and his friends used to climb the falls (during the summer when there was much less water cascading down them). ” Ann Johnson adds: “We called the road Mill Bank when I lived at Moorsholm. Mr Shaw used to ride his horse and cart up the bank in a zig zag as it was so steep. The road is very narrow now due to the land slides on Liverton side. We used to go that way to school at Loftus.”

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris, thanks to Janet Wilson and Ann Johnson for the updates.

Liverton Gardens (Liverton Mill), Liverton

This is a well-balanced photograph (a picture postcard believed to have been produced by T. C. Booth of Loftus) of Liverton Gardens, in the valley between Liverton and Moorsholm. It was a market garden, you can see the glass-house middle-left of the image. The house visible in the picture is a semi-detached residence, each ”semi” being a mirror-image of the other. Rodney Begg tells us: ”My wife and her brother were born here in the ’50s and they lived a while here with their Grand-parents before moving to Dodder Carr cottages.” Stan Glover advises: ”The houses are called Ponoma Villa (right hand side looking at picture), and Ponoma Cottage. The Shaw brothers Harry (Ponoma Cottage) and Ces (Liverton Mill) lived in the houses. We rented Ponoma Villa mid 1950′s to 1970′s. The reference to Shaw’s falls (re Liverton Waterfall) reflected that the land was owned by Ces Shaw.” The Falls were a noted local beauty spot and often visited. Ann Johnson adds: “I remember Harry Shaw he used to come to Moorsholm with his horse and cart.”

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris, thanks to Rodney Begg, Stan Glover and Ann Johnson for the updates.

Moorsholm Docks

The old  adage rings true you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. The Archive wondered who else was in the image, apart from Councillors Norman Lantsbery and Stephen Kaye. John Preston assisted with: ” Steve Kaye was from Moorsholm he is with his good friends Peter and Sheena Smith. Can’t help with the horse!” Elaine Boocock tells us: ”I think this picture would be early to mid 1980′s and the horse I believe is Minett, belonging to Peter and Sheena’s daughter Cheryl. I rode her on few occasions.”  Was this the occasion when some wanted the docks removing? Beverley Turner asks: “Can you tell me if Sheena and Peter still live in Moorsholm. My parents met them many years ago whilst on holiday in the Isle of Wight. We stayed with them on their farm in Moorsholm several times along with their children Stuart and Cheryl. Would be great to make contact with them again. Our family name is Fountain. Any information would be great.” Danny Plews has added: “I lived at 25 Cleveland Street, Liverton Mines and as a boy I had a chap in naval uniform wanting to know the location of Moorsholm Docks. I gave him the directions; I wonder how far he got before he realised that the whole thing was a hoax?”

Image courtesy of Loftus Town Council, thanks to John Preston for the missing names; thanks to Elaine Boocock, Beverley Turner and Danny Plews for the updates.