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Snow – Micklow Lane

Heavy snow on Micklow Lane, featuring Scott and Guy Breckon with friend (What is the boy in the bottom right corner playing at?), in the late 1980’s. Pictured opposite the site of old windmill (in Joe Wilkinson’s field)

Image and information courtesy of Mrs. Breckon.

Stop Me And Buy One

Stop Me And Buy One

Mr Lol Trillo selling his home-made  ice cream in Tees Street East Loftus, we believe the date to be 1947; Mrs Linton is buying the ice cream for her son David. Cones (or cornets as they were known then) cost 2d for a small cone and 6d for a large cone. This was of course in the days long before decimalisation.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Loftus under Snow

Viewed from Carlin How, showing the new railway bridge and the departing Loftus bound United bus!

Image courtesy of Joan Jemson.


A lovely copy of a postcard in the Bruce series, this time what we used to call First Foulsyke, dated 1904. Daz Knight advises: “I live here! I’d be interested in any other old photographs anyone has of Foulsyke.”

Image courtesy of Mrs Pauline Ovington, thanks to Daz Knight for the update.


The outward appearance of these houses haven’t changed much over the years, we always new it as Second Foulsyke, but most now call it Far Foulsyke, but a rose by any other name. This is a copy of a postcard from the Bruce series. David Green advised: “I was born at Far Foulsyke in 1952 and lived there until 1975, during which time a lot of changes took place to both Foulsykes and Arthur Fields (which I helped to demolish). Foulsyke means smelly bog of which there was plenty due to several springs in the fields which also supplied drinking water for the houses before they where connected to the mains.” Christine Davey adds: “My grandparents used to live in the last house on the right-hand side of this row of cottages from the mid thirties and when my grandfather died, my grandmother Annie Cook continued to live there until the mid sixties. I have many happy childhood memories visiting her with my mother Ethel after school every Friday! It was a really tight community with Miller’s farm at the far end, and some very noisy guard geese, if memory serves me right!”

Image courtesy of Mrs Pauline Ovington, thanks to David Green and Christine Davey for the updates.

In The Beck

Yes; once again a bus in the beck at the bottom of Mill Bank. Did Uptons have a bus service or is that just advertising on the side?
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Accident on Mill Bank, Loftus

I’d like to think that this is the remains of the bus we’ve seen hanging backwards over the parapet in previous posts – I certainly hope so for the passengers and driver’s sake! Derick Pearson has tod the Archive: “I have had a copy of this photograph for many years; I was told possibly 45 years ago that the conductress died in this accident as the winding handle of the ticket machine penetrated her skull in the impact. I wonder what they are searching for in the water (the man in the bus and the one at the near side)? Another gentleman at the far side with ropes ready, they certainly were not heavy enough to pull the bus out. This was an Upton Bus services bus of Redcar, not a United bus.

Image courtesy of Loftus Town Crier, thanks to Derick Pearson for the update.

Bus in Beck

Possibly 1927 I think we have a photograph like this taken from a different angle.
Image courtesy of the David Linton Collection, the Pem Holliday Collection, a CD collection by Derick Pearson and others.

Waterfall – Loftus

The waterfall doesn’t look like we see it now; the caption reads ”Loftus waterfall” and is taken from a Cooke’s Fancy Bazaar postcard, being postmarked 1904 and may possibly date from pre the present one built of brick. Derek Pearson suggests: ”We used to call this the “Steps” in the “Narrows” before it was constructed with brick/concrete. The photograph was taken from a lower standpoint again than the scene in front. Espiner’s waterfall descended with a lesser number of levels.”

Image courtesy of Jean Hall, thanks to Derick Pearson for the update.

Mill Bank

Looking from Loftus down the bank we can see Whitecliffe Cottages, Kilton Mill; with Duck Hole pit is just visible through the tree and Skinningrove Ironworks standing high on the cliff. Susan Taylor told the Archive: “My great, great aunt lived at Whitecliffe cottage. I know she was there in 1932 and the same address is on her death certificate in 1951. Can anyone tell me if it is more than one, how many where there and are they still there. She left all her furniture to a lady called Mrs Kate Marley of the same address. I know the Marley family were living at this address in 1911. Any information you may have would be very useful. My aunt was a District Nurse and I wonder if she worked in the area and that’s how she came to settle there; her name was Mary Woolhouse.” Alan Richardson responded with: “I was born there in 1970. I think my parents bought the house in about 1967. We lived at no. 2 Whitecliffe Cottage until my parents sold it in 1981. We lived next door to the Marshalls until about 1977, and then the Speddings who are still there at No 1.” Derick Pearson adds: “2 Whitecliffe Cottages is owned by Dave Preston who has been there for many years. In the war years a gentleman was stood in the doorway when a bomb dropped and was killed. Some of the local lads from the works and the ironstone mine were involved in the restoration work.”

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers; also thanks to Susan Taylor, Al Richardson and Derick Pearson for the updates.