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Postcard from Picturesque Loftus

What better way to tell your parents about the place you lived in when you were in Service.  In the days before digital cameras and camera ’phones, when the post cost a penny for next day delivery.

Image courtesy of Olive Bennett.

Loftus – A Postcard

What a lovely place to live, this postcard shows Loftus to it’s best advantage, now I have been nosey, (well I am noted for it) and read the back of the card. This is what is written: “Thought you would like to have these views of Loftus, you will notice the Regal cinema where Race’s used to be.  We used to love Camel’s shop Mother and father live in Dalling’s house, my sister Nora married Harold Legg and lives above their shop in Zetland Road, all the best, Marie.” There now you are as nosey as me and we know why the crosses are on the postcard, that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it.

Image courtesy of Joan Jemson.

Picture Postcard – Loftus

Another picture postcard of picturesque Loftus – you should see some familiar images! Eric Johnson advises: ”The postcard is interesting from an industrial archaeology view, showing the aerial bucket tipping arrangement at the top of Liverton Mines shale tip. Postcard is probably pre 1918.”
Thanks to Eric Johnson for the update.

Picture Postcard – Loftus

This is a pretty picture postcard extolling the virtues of Loftus.  These were a popular way of telling the folks at home what your new location looked like in the days before holidays and easy travel.

East Loftus

An aerial view of East Loftus, showing the United bus garage on the far right with the playing field behind. Later known as the Arriva garage and now merely the framework for the roof and rear wall remain! To the right of the garage is the cricket field with the bowling green just visible at the end of it.  A lovely clear view of the streets and to the far left you can see the cemetery, the road in the  foreground is the A174 to Whitby.

Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos.

Loftus Old Cemetery

The fact that this is called the Old Cemetery means that Loy Lane must already be well established. Eric Johnson tells us ”The cemetery was laid out in 1857, with mortuary chapel built in the “Norman style”. Marjorie Magor makes a plea: “Friends of Loftus Cemetery would be pleased to have any information regarding old cemetery on Loy Lane. Dates? any well known local dignitaries laid to rest there, history related information, Thanks.”

Image from “Views of Loftus-in-Cleveland & Neighbourhood” published by J. F. Cooke, Loftus, thanks to Eric Johnson for the update.

Loftus Cemetery

Not the most photographed of places but this image shows the chapel very well. It is now being changed into a house (a sign of the times no doubt). To the left of the photograph is the cemetery lodge once occupied by Mr Sanderson who looked after the cemetery. Ann Wilkinson told the Archive: “My mother, Elizabeth daughter of Edgar Sanderson who lived for a time at Cemetery Lodge told me that one night she woke to see a face looking down at her from the bottom of the bed. The face was surrounded by fog. She was very frightened and put her head under the covers and didn’t look again till morning. Thankfully it never happened again.”

Marjorie Magor tells the Archive: “I remember going to Loftus cemetery, with my mam Bessie Fawcett. William Sanderson was her uncle, my great uncle. I always called him uncle Bill Sanderson. He was a fantastic gardener, won prizes all over this area with his Dahlias and Chrysanthemums. He had an amazing grape vine in his greenhouse, they tasted delicious. One thing I remember vividly is taking his dog (a Border Collie) for a walk around the cemetery, his name was “Scot”, what a lovely dog he was too. The “Church” was later to become a mortuary (I think).”

Jeanne Simms has advised: “I now live in Cemetery Lodge. The chapel was a chapel and mortuary; council workers used it as a place to take a break. There were beautiful pews and a pulpit. Now it’s converted into a house. Looking around the cemetery I found the grave of Arthur Howard who was caretaker of the cemetery for 33 years. Sadly it was all overgrown but I’ve since cleared it. He is buried there with his wife Joanna, daughter Joanna and son in law. Now to look for William Sanderson’s grave.” Norman Patton has a request: “I would be well chuffed if you could discover the burial place of my Great Grandparents….Elizabeth Ann and William Hicks both of whom died in the first half of the 20th century and I believe were laid to rest in or close to the old cemetery. Both of these fine people played substantial parts in the history of Loftus during the East Cleveland equivalent of the ‘Gold Rush’!”

Image from a T. C. Booth postcard and thanks to Ann Wilkinson, Marjorie Magor, Jeanne Simms and Norman Patton for the updates.

Tees Street

A street trader’s horse and cart outside the shop at the bottom of Tees Street. Allan Hoggarth advises us: ”I am sure this is Eddie (or Neddy) Jackson! He used to have a lock-up on Dam Street where he would leave his cart and stock. I seem to remember he had a small attachment to the building for his horse, (couldn’t swear to that though). The building was burnt down one weekend by vandals. Never saw Eddie again after that!” We are now aware that the small boy was David Linton and his mother is shown purchasing some fruit in 1947.

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson and thanks to Allan Hoggarth for the update.

Fred at the Shop

Frederick William Bowers, Harry’s son, is standing in the doorway of the shop at No 1 Tees Street, East Loftus.  Fred was born in 1916, so the photograph was probably taken in the late 1930s. Owen Rooks tells the Archive: “I’m pretty certain that this is the shop which was run by the Misses Amy Thurlow and Florence Fletcher for a while in the late 1940’s early 1950’s. Amy Thurlow was raised at Boulby Barns and her family feature in several photographs on your site. As close friends of my mother, Misses Thurlow and Fletcher were both known to me as “Aunty”. I recall that at the time they owned the shop, the accommodation above it was occupied by the Brown family (Mother, daughter whose name I forget and son Colin).” Joan Jemson adds: “I remember the shop when it was owned by Miss Thurlow and Miss Fletcher.”

Image courtesy of Keith Bowers, thanks to Owen Rooks and Joan Jemson for the updates.

Whitby Road

Another shop in East Loftus this time on Whitby Road, this photograph is dated 1907 and although I do not remember these people I do remember Ogden’s having this shop in the 1940’s and then I think Blaylock’s took it over. Do you remember it?

Joan Gray advises: “I’m Joan Gray (daughter of Doris and Jack Gray) and as a child I lived in Tweed Street. I remember the shop and Bill and Mary Blaylock and their son Tony. I used to call them auntie and uncle, although I’m not sure if we were actually related. We moved away from Loftus in 1963 but I know my mum kept in touch with them by letter. I believe they retired to Marske. Whilst writing, my parents and relatives have passed on, so if anyone can please provide any photographs or information it would be greatly appreciated. Mum was Doris Emily Foster and dad was John William (known as Jack) Gray. Dad was originally from Skinningrove.” anticipation.

Image courtesy of Mrs Pauline Ovington, thanks to Joan Gray for the update.