Loftus Market Place

The annual Loftus Wool Fair was the greatest event of the year for the town. It was held for two days, beginning on the Friday nearest to 25th June. On that occasion families from all round the area met in Loftus to join in the activities. The fair was held until the early 1930’s. The Cleveland Village Book written by the Cleveland Federation of Women’s Institutes tells us: ”Loftus has been a market town for many years and has always provided a focal point for the outlying areas. The ancient Wool Fair continued until fairly recently, the final one being in 1938, with the advent of the Wool Board.  A committee was formed to revive the Wool Fair and in 1989 a very successful attempt was made to do so, although the inherent ’wool’ of the Wool Fair was replaced by a feeling of celebration of an old market rather than the selling of the fleeces as in the old days. There is a building: situated between the present Post Office and the Town Hall which was previously the wool warehouse.”

Image courtesy of Joan Yeoman.

Market Place from the West

A view of the South side of the Market Place, the Market Place is obviously set out for a market or some sort of sale, with stalls on either side of the road. The image is from the book of views of Loftus; ”Cooke’s Views of Loftus and District”.

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Market Place, Loftus

An excellent image of the  Golden Lion Hotel, the Regal Cinema and we can also see the Barclay’s Bank, quite a few pedestrians about but not much traffic.  Believed to date from the 1950s, the Archive would welcome assistance in dating the image?

Do You Recognise This?

Although Eric Johnson who took this photograph could not remember the location, we asked if any of you recognised the building? Bryan Richardson told us: “It is the old Regal Cinema.”

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Bryan Richardson for the confirmation.


Now Can You Recognise It?

Another photograph of the demolition of the Regal Cinema in the Market Place, Loftus.

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Bryan Richardson for confirmation of the location.

Now You Can Recognise It

Bryan Richardson rightly  told us that the earlier pictures were of the Regal cinema in Loftus as it was being demolished. Terry Clarke tells us: “I wonder how many people knew there were two picture houses in Loftus this one as you can see; in the back ground was the Golden Lion. I remember it well, the first picture that was shown there was King Kong, also Bambi; when Bambi got shot I never cried but when King Kong finished I went blue murder!”
Image courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Terry Clarke for the update.

New Rail Bridge at Carlin How (2)

The new rail bridge with the concrete-work in place.
Image courtesy of Alan Franks.

New Rail Bridge at Carlin How (1)

The new rail bridge starts to take shape on Carlin How bank, now the steel work is in place.
Image courtesy of Alan Franks.

Meadow Dairy – Loftus

Meadow Dairy was on the High Street, next to the present day Post Office; previously a Tattoo Parlour and is now part of the ‘My Price’ food shop. In 1924 the Manager was Mr Joe Anderson and is shown flanked by two assistants, one of whom is known to be Miss Elsie Burton and an unknown assistant. Mr Anderson won prizes for window dressing and many of his displays were astonishing.

Can anybody help in identification of the other young lady?


North Road c.1900

North Road (earlier called Lambs Lane) around 1900 – we now know this is a T.C. Booth of Loftus postcard – the date being assumed from the postmark which the card carries. Adam Cuthbert asked: “What was the building that’s now the road to North Road car park and when did it get knocked down?”  Eric Johnson tells us: ”Ally Watson’s dairy was in the building with Hodgson’s sign. Further up North Road was access between the parish hall and this building to Laurie Gibson’s butchers barn and slaughter-house. The bottom half of this building was used to store the stalls for the Market Place, the upper part being occupied as a house by a family called Lindsey. All were demolished along with the council yard for the car park. The house built out onto the road with the lancet window is Forge House, with the smithy next towards the parish hall. Ally Watson later used the smithy building for his dairy and milk round. The first shop on the left was Gibsons butchers.  The shop opposite used to belong to Billy Clark, no relation, who played for Loftus Albion in the Northern League. Then Jim Kelly’s off-licence, his wife was a member of the Trillo (ice cream) family.  Clarks shop next to the butchers was formerly Cyril Whitlock’s grocers.” Can anybody assist with dating this alteration?

Image courtesy of Jean Hall  and thanks to Eric Johnson for the updates.