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Arlington Street, Loftus

A busy day on Arlington Street even though it looks as if snow is on the ground; there are two horses and carts.  The shop in the corner was owned by Tommy Wren; a dark musty kind of shop that sold everything or so it seemed when I was young.  A lovely gas light on the left hand side and no I don’t remember them.

Loftus High Street

Don’t think it’s fog or a fire; it’s a fault in the photograph, but once again everyone stops for the photographer.  We do have a man in uniform, a policeman, don’t think he will be directing traffic as there is only one horse and cart in the scene. The road looks pretty dire with the pools of water, maybe it hasn’t been tarmac-ed yet.  What do you think?

High Street, Loftus

The end of Loftus High Street looking towards the Market Place, about 1920. The shops were: a small general dealers, Mr Robinson’s bike and  electrical shop, then came Finlay’s sweet shop. Can we date it by the pram? The gap in the wall on the right hand side was for a horse trough that was fed by a natural spring. Eric Johnson says ”The first shop has the name S. Jackson on the sign. Kelly’s Directory of the North Riding for 1905, lists: ’Jackson, Sarah (Mrs), shopkeeper, 43 High Street Loftus”. Jean Wiggins tells us od this image: “Granny Jackson is standing outside Jackson’s grocer’s on the corner of Dam Street. The middle shop is ‘Sappy’ Watson’s barbers and the next is Finlay’s provisions.”

Many thanks to Jean Wiggins for the update.

High Side, Loftus

A busy day in Loftus as the two vehicles go towards the Market Place? Known to be dating from 1986 as Martin Richardson advised the Archive: “I can remember the Saab parking in the Market Place at that time!”

Thanks to Martyn Richardson for that update and dating of the image.

Loftus War Memorial

This image was taken from the Order of Service produced for the dedication ceremony of Loftus War Memorial. The War Memorial was unveiled at 2.00pm on 11th November 1922, (one year after the end of registration of deaths due to the War or its effects; it was designed by B. J. Wormleighton and erected by Charles Hebditch (Loftus building company). Built of Cornish granite, it is a Celtic cross and stands on land donated by Lord Zetland.

Arlington Street Loftus


Must be the most photographed street in Loftus; the gardens on the left and the chapel on the hill made it a lovely picture. In this one in the right foreground is Tim Lines boot and shoe repair shop; what was the shop next to it, was it his shoe shop? Please tell. M. Flegg has advised: “The shop down from the shoe sales shop was where the shoe repairs were done by ‘uncle Tim’”.

Many thanks to M. Flegg for the update.

High Street

Loftus again looking east from the Market place;  doesn’t look very busy. The Wesleyan chapel has gone and the car would seem to indicate the 1950’s. A positive dating would be welcome.

Britannia Inn, Loftus

Not the Britannia Inn as we see it today and I don’t remember it being like this. Possibly dates as follows- 1891 Census list: Britannia Inn, 65 High Street, Loftus. Robert Bainbridge (Head) age 44, also described as Engine Driver; wife Mary age 39, daughter Ada age 18, son Timothy age 16 and Ada Robson age 14 general servant. According to Kelly’s Directory of 1905: Robert Bainbridge is listed as Beer Retailer, High Street, Loftus.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Eric Johnson for additional information.

Market Place from East

A rather grainy picture showing the market place, strange to see it without any traffic; except for the horse and cart!

Loftus Market Place

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Loftus Market Place, at the end of the nineteenth century. With Newton Memorial Chapel in the distance. In the left hand corner is the Priest’s Manse of St Josephs R. C. Church; showing horse-drawn transport, dirt roads, this is a good historic image of the bottom end of the Market Place.