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Down In The Woods

Down In The Woods

Another of Eric Johnson’s photo’s showing a bus where a bus shouldn’t be. In the wood at the bottom of Mill Bank. We understand the unfortunate driver was called Paul (Sprag) Hart from Loftus; the brakes failed on the bus and so failed to negotiate the hair-pin bend on Carlin How bank. The bus ended up down the bank side. Two hours later Paul was back in the driving seat after crawling back up the bank, his only injury were cuts to the inside of his mouth sustained from the broken glass. Today the crash barrier would prevent such an incident occurring.

Thanks to Terry Clark and Mr Bint for the updates.

Lovely View

Lovely View

Looking over to Upton Cottages and Street house Farm, in the background the Church and village of Easington is clearly visible. Interestingly enough the area in the foreground is where the Saxon Princess excavations were conducted. Thanks again to Eric Johnson for the loan of the photo and the updates.

Improvements

Improvements

A cutting from a newspaper dated 20th June 1939 with the caption – Good view of Loftus bank showing the improvement to the roadway corner, with Skinningrove works in the background.

Surveying The Damage

Surveying The Damage

Miners who work in a mine beneath the road inspecting one of the huge cracks on Mill Bank, 2nd of March 1937. These images are from our cuttings file (in the main from the Evening Gazette).

 

Mill Bank Park

Mill Bank Park

A piece of land on Mill Bank was let for a nominal fee by the Marquiss of Zetland and the park was made by 80 volunteers from the Loftus West Road Social Centre, one of the schemes for relieving the monotomy of the unemployed, transforming 3 acres of wooded land into a beauty spot, the park and children’s recreation ground is hoped to have swings, a sand pit and other attractions.

Loftus Views

Loftus Views

There is a similar card to this on site already and I had to look closely to make sure that it wasn’t the same.  Some of the images on this one are different from those on the other.

Thanks to Tina for this card that was posted in 1913.

Dial 999

Dial 999

This is the first of four photos taken by Ted Morgan and loaned to us by Eric Johnson, I think that if an incident like this happened today the traffic would be stopped, not left to go by as though nothing unusual was happening.  By the look of the car, a Morris Minor, I think (but I know you people out there will correct me if I am wrong) the year would be  late 1950’s or early 1960’s.  Do you remember this accident?

Bryan Richardson believes: ”The car with the damaged front could have been driven by Richard Aitken or Aitkin who I think lived in Wood View?”

Malcom Covell tells us: ”Richard, (and wife Kaye and Mother) Aitken lived at no 3 Wood View. We, Covell’s, lived at no 1. Wood View. The houses were built by Knaggs  in the mid 1960′s. I do have a recollection of Richard been involved in an accident on Loftus Bank and a car catching fire. Richard started a ready mix concrete franchise.”

Image courtesy of Ted Morgan and thanks to Bryan Richardson and Malcolm Covell for the updates.

Are We On Fire?

Are We On Fire?

The bus driver may well have been asking this question as the flames sweep across the road towards the bus.

(photographed by Ted Morgan loaned by Eric Johnson)

Were You There?

Were You There?

Okay own up were you one of the two boys watching the firemen?  I don’t think they would have been allowed  to be so close  today.

(photographed by Ted Morgan loaned by Eric Johnson)

Still Fire Fighting

Still Fire Fighting

Looks to me as though the fireman walking up the bank has had enough, I could have put the caption ’Had Enough I Am Going Home’ but I am sure that is not the case it must have been a very trying time for all of them.  Please let us know if you have any recolection of this incident or know the names of any of the people involved.

(photographed by Ted Morgan Loaned by Eric Johnson)