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Sunset on Loftus Cliffs

Sunset on Loftus Cliffs

On the back of this card it says ’Photo by T. C. Booth, Loftus, Yorks’.  Rev. T. Colledge Booth was the Pastor of Loftus Congregational Church.  He came to his first pastorate at Loftus in June, 1897, when the church was in the building on North Road.

Hummersea Bay

Hummersea Bay

A lovely photo of the bay c. 1910, kindly loaned by Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, but look at the smoke from the works no clean air in those days.

Calm Sea

Calm Sea

A lovely view of the cliffs and the sea, there is Hummersea bay, Skinningrove and Cattersty, the jetty can be clearly seen and the  smoke tells us  where the ironstone works are.  Hummersea Farm can also be seen, as can the shine of ”snilah ponds” in the centre of the image. ”Snilah ponds” are believed to have been the settling ponds for Hummersea Alum works.

Thanks to Eric Johnson for the update.

Hummersea Farm

Hummersea Farm

I bet this was quite a classy photograph when it was new, before age faded the image somewhat.

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. Elsie Hart was brought up on this farm. Thanks to Ray Harrison (son of Elsie Hart) for the update.

Hummersea Farm

Hummersea Farm

We realise that we’ve had this image before, but the description is different and it’s a good image.  Where were the coast guard’s cottages?  Does anybody recognise the two people in the doorway?

Eric Johnson tells us: ”Of interest in the photograph, are the upstairs windows, they are of the ’yorkshire’ sash type; in which as can be seen in three of them, the lower left hand panes open ”sideways” by sliding to the right. unlike normal sash windows with the upper panes sliding up and down. I think the coastguard cottages are now known as Warren Cottages towards the alum quarry.”

Many thanks to Eric Johnson for the update.

Hummersea Farm, Loftus

Hummersea Farm, Loftus

Another idyllic setting looking much the same today as it was when this photo was taken, secluded and peaceful. 

(A hand tinted postcard view of Hummersea Farm, today much altered and improved from this scene. – John G)

Thanks to Jean Dean for the image.

Loftus Cliffs

Loftus Cliffs

A colour-tinted view looking over Hummersea Farm towards Boulby, with Snilah Ponds catching the light above Hummersea Bay.

Image courtesy of Bery Morris.

Hummersea Farm

Hummersea Farm

The photo caption says ’Farm near Boulby Cliff’ – it is confirmed as Hummersea Farm, but is  there anything else significant?

Anne Cammidge tells us: ”The photo shows the old cow bier buildings of Hummersea Farm. The building to the right was where the grain was kept and the flour grinder. The main farmhouse is set in the hill behind the trees. My mother Annie Hart was born and brought up here with sisters, Elsie, Ada, Mary,Hilda and brother Tommy Hart who eventually bought the farm from Lord Zetland. Uncle Tommy retired in the mid 80’s when he moved to Easington.”

Holly Enticknap has the following memories: ”We converted the cow bier into our home, and called it The Barns. I’ll always remember there was a bottle stuck to the wall in the cow bier, about 20feet up! We never did figure out why it was there as there was no way to reach that hight without ladders?”.

Thanks to Anne and Holly for the updates.

Hummersea Farm

Hummersea Farm

A different view of Hummersea Farm we see today, now much changed with a larger range of dwelling houses.  In the distance is The Warrens. 

Holly Enticknap tells us: ”We lived in the barn on the right hand side, we converted it into our house, it took 8 years to complete!”

(image courtesy of Louise Withnell and thanks to Holly for the update)

Alum House, Hummersea

Alum House, Hummersea

A view from the cliff looking down on the alum house at Hummersea.

Thanks to Tina Dowey for the loan of this card that was posted in 1907.