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Hummersea House

Entitled Hummersea House, this image is more recognisable to many as Hummersea Farmhouse. Hummersea Farm was originally built for the Manager of the Alum quarries and works, the farm house being built to the right in an ’L’ shape layout. The photographer obviously ensure the whole family were in view when he arrived to take this image, all in their best clothes? Perhaps somebody can identify the family?

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National Provincial Bank – Loftus

Alas no longer a bank, this building in later years and before it finally closed it was better known as the Natwest. I can remember there being a National Provincial bank, becoming the National Westminster bank and then Natwest. How the interior of the building changed would be apparent to all who used the building in later years.

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Loftus Frozen Waterfall 1929

Obviously it was a cold winter in 1929! This postcard view give a dramatic view of the intensity of the cold weather, the waterfall appears as a solid wall of ice. Brrrr.

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Lumley Street Loftus

Another early view of Loftus; the are of Loftus known to many of the older generation as ‘The Brickyard’; being close to the original brick production yard near the Mars Inn (originally Mars Farmhouse). The style of dress of the young lads lounging against the window of number 1, give and idea of the date.

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Cliff Crescent Loftus

An early view of Cliff Crescent, Loftus; this view of the Crescent will be familiar to all who travel through Loftus after ascending Loftus bank. The pony and trap on the incorrect side of the road gives an idea of how light the traffic flow would be at the time this postcard view was taken.is a good start. Such an activity today, discounting the vehicles kerbside parked would be a recipe for disaster.

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Zetland Road Loftus

Taken from a George Skilbeck postcard view of Zetland Road, giving an excellent view of both Arrowsmiths memorials on display and the windows of Knaggs shop in the premises in the present day occupied by the Opticians. Can anybody assist with a date for this image?

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Culverting Arlington Street

 

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Arlington Street, Loftus. After the building of the Arlington estate in the 1960s It was decided to Culvert the beck and widen the road. Can anyone tell us the approximate date of this image.
Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos.

High Side Looking East

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This view of HIgh Side and the High Street, dates from after 1910, but is pre the war memorial which was erected in 1922. Note the horse-drawn transport ’cards’ left on the road, perhaps the roses did not need any more to ensure a good show? Norman Patton tells us: ”The Newton Memorial Chapel stands magnificent in the background.”
Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos and many thanks to Norman for that update.

St Hilda’s Place

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The final house on St Hilda’s Place, which fronted the road which lead to the original Rectory for Loftus; believed to date from the mid 18th century. The track as shown in this image is now a ‘metalled’ road.
Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropuolos.

Mill Bank Under Snow

Mill Bank Under Snow

A wintery scene of Mill Bank, as well as the fields of Kilton Mill, pre 1965. I know this as the former police houses were built on the field in front of the lone building which for many years was the JPG works site.