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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.


A pleasant aerial view of Foulsyke, possibly in early spring, dating from the 1980s?

Image courtesy of Cody McKay.

Arthur Fields – Loftus

Four cottages made up this row of fine freestone buildings with red clay pantile roofs. They were set in the fields between Loftus and Easington (going through Foulsyke, just past the houses there is a small gate that leads via a public footpath to the cliff road). Over one field and then Arthur Fields came into view. If my memory serves me rightly there was a windmill in the field near these cottages, long since demolished (both the windmill and the cottages). This collection of cottages sadly no longer with us, were similar to those of Micklow Cottages and were developed to house the alum workers of Hummersea. Katherine Johnson told the Archive: “My great grandparents lived at Arthur Fields for many years. They were Joseph and Ada Readman and their son Eddie lived with them for a while too. At one point in the 1950’s my mother – Margaret Johnson nee Readman moved in with her parents Betty and Alban Readman and her brother Francis Readman. I believe this was only for a short time.” 

Kay Petherick adds: “I have just discovered that the daughter of my great great grandparents lived at no. 2 in the 1891 census. Mary Brignall (nee Johnson) with her husband Robert and their 4 children. What a disappointment to find the cottages no longer exist.”

Image courtesy of the David Linton Collection and others, thanks to Katherine Johnson and Kay Petherick for the updates.

Street Houses – Primitive Methodist Chapel

Built in 1872 the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Street Houses; the former chapel now forms part of the farm buildings of Street Houses Farm. The stables beside the chapel experienced the Zeppelin raid of 1916. Considerable burning took place, which is still evident in the rafters of the stables. The chapel (now in the process of repair by Tony Garbutt) survived to this day, despite being ”modified” for use as a barn by previous farm owners.


The children had must have been told the photographer was coming and are eagerly waiting for their photograph to be taken. Streethouses was once a thriving community; large enough to warrant this primitive Methodist Chapel, which was opened in 1872. The cottages of Streethouses on the left of this image (and stood on a slight angle at the junction of the track from Easington and the Boulby road) have long since been demolished along with Arthur Fields, Micklow Cottages and Rockcliffe Cottages. Street Houses, Primitive Methodist Chapel (AD 1872) and the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Arlington Street Loftus (AD 1870) are unusual, they are both aligned north/south instead of east/west as other Christian churches are. This may be peculiar to Primitive Methodists (or a faulty compass). Eric Johnson tell us: ”I was baptised at Arlington Street and I don’t know the answer.”

Iain Warnes was born at Upton and christened in this chapel in 1939, his grandfather Walter Warnes, had a small farm at Upton. His great uncle Aaron Rolling had a smallholding at Hummersea next to Tommy Hart.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and others; supplementary information supplied by descendants of Tommy Hart.

Deepdale Wood

A pleasant view of Deepdale Wood, dating from the 1900s; another view to prove that the area was not all steel works and ironstone mines.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection; taken from ”Cooke’s Views of Loftus and District” an album of views around Loftus produced by Cooke’s Fancy Bazaar of West Road, Loftus.

A Busy Day!

I love this photograph, two buses on Mill Bank , so it must have been a busy day.  Duck Hole pit is clear as is Kilton Mill and shows clearly the arched bridge which stood for many years before the road was re-alligned. Since then Kilton Mill house and Mill have almost ‘cowered’ below the road as it soars past on the embankment it now occupies.

Is It A Race?

That is the thought that came to mind as I looked at this photograph and saw the man by the side of the bus, or was it like Lythe bank when the United bus was full those standing had to walk to the top?  A lovely peaceful scene you wouldn’t see Mill bank so clear of traffic now.

Image courtesy of Kathleen Hicks.