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Date and Time

Date and Time

Do you remember Mr Grier the photographer on Arlington Street? Well by signing this he has kindly given us the date and even the time this photo. John Grier Thompson tells us: ”I remember Mr Grier – he was my grandad! My mum ran the Arlington Studio with him where they specialised in weddings. I have many examples of his work at home, and have also inherited the enthusiasm for photography.”

Image courtesy of  Wendy Stokoe and many thanks to John for that update.



Yes Stokoe’s garage as it used to be many years ago.
Photograph kindly loaned to us by Wendy Stokoe

Waterfall in Loftus Woods

Waterfall in Loftus Woods

There’s no mistaking this waterfall in Espiner’s (Hancock’s) Wood by Cooke’s Fancy Bazaar, Loftus.

Thanks to Beryl Morris for the image.

Loftus – Zetland Road

Frederick W. Bothroyd – Watchmaker and Jeweller – 5 Zetland Road, Loftus is listed in the 1901 Census, but not in 1891. Jayne tells us: ”The image is of Frederick William Bothroyd standing proudly in his shop. His brother Herbert Bothroyd shared the premises and operated a cycle shop, hence the tires in the front window. F.W. Bothroyd set up his watchmaking/jewellery business at Loftus in c1890 on the High Street. He moved premises to Zetland Road by 1894, first at 27 Zetland Road and then at 5 Zetland Road until 1914.” This image possibly dates from the mid 1890’s. This is based upon records which indicate he married in 1892 and by 1901 had three children, the eldest being Richard 6 years of age. The site is now occupied by a cafe and amusement arcade. Interesting that the next door way to the right of the image leads to ”refreshment rooms”. Barrie Durrent advises: “I have a 20 inch wall clock made by F. W. Bothroyd. It was given to me over 40 years ago, by an old resident of Loftus , Wilf Swales, who died many years ago. I was told that the clock once hung in Loftus Town Hall and was scraped as it no longer worked. I cleaned it found out what the problem was and had it repaired by a friend from the British Museum. I have recently had the clock cleaned and the repairer asked me if I knew anything of the clocks history and a Google search led me to your wonderful archive. My wife was born in Loftus and I have some beautiful memories of Yorkshire and my son spent most of his school holidays with his Grandparents at Ings Farm.” John Dickinson tells the Archive: “I inherited a F. W. Bothroyd clock from my Great Grandad (a Mr George Bower who lived in Skelton), I think it originally came from Brotton Working Men’s Club, I think he came by the clock due to refurbishment of the Club. The clock is 12 inches in diameter which is in a hexagon wood moulded wood case which extends down to incorporate a Pendulum which is 4 inches in diameter which is brass. From being a young boy I loved this clock when we visited Grandad and Grandma’s and we’d sit there just listening to the clock ticking away no Radio or television on just the clock ticking.”

Image courtesy of Loftus Town Council; many thanks to Jayne, Barrie Durrent and John Dickinson for the updates.

Views of Loftus

Views of Loftus

A different collection of images of Loftus on a postcard. Image courtesy of Ken Johnson.

Loftus Market Place – c.1985

Loftus Market Place - c.1985

A lovely view of Loftus Market Place,taken by Rita Unthank in the mid 1980’s. We are advised by Steven Steyert: ”I would say the photo is not as early as the 60′s and is more mid 80′s , The white mk3 escort van parked was only built from 1980 – 1986”.  How peaceful it looks. Image courtesy of Rita Unthank and thanks to Steven Steyert for the update.

Arlington Street – Loftus

Arlington Street - Loftus

A Salmon Series tinted postcard view of Arlington Street; with the Chapel and bystanders standing in the road. The congregation of the Arlington Primitive Methodist chapel were joined by members of the congregation of the Newton memorial chapel after it was destroyed. It was jokingly said ”it took Hitler to unite the Chapels”.
Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers, also Maurice Grayson; with information courtesy of Jean Wiggins.

Angel – Loftus

Angel - Loftus

Another picture of the Angel – obviously early 1900’s judging by the balcony on the front.

Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos.

Angel Inn – Loftus

Angel Inn - Loftus

Another early image of the Angel Inn, Loftus, some time late 1890s from the style of dress. Brian Parker believes he may have relatives featured here. The 1891 Census lists: ”31 High Street: Edward Collins 56 years Innkeeper, Annie Collins wife 50 years, George Oliver 39 years Ostler/Groom, Florrie Cuthbert 19 years General Servant/Domestic, Bessie Ammonds 8 years Visitor, Barnie O’Hara 57 years Visitor/Lodger.”
Can anybody help with names and dates?

Image courtesy of Brian Parker and thanks to Eric Johnson for the update..

Is This You?

Is This You?

A photo loaned to us by Eileen Hicks but we don’t know the girl on the horse do you? Now known to have been taken at the rear of the Golden Lion. Tony Shaw believes: ” The man in the centre foreground is my grandad (Stimmy) James shaw?” Can anybody assist with a possible date?

Stan Binks tells us: ”The girl on the horse looks like Alice Bennett stepdaughter of Thomas Harry Binks [front centre].Thomas Harry Binks was head horseman for the Co op.The horse was called Boxer and belonged to Loftus Co op.”

Thanks to Tony and Stan for those updates.