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Loftus North Terrace

I love this postcard view, it is so clear as though it was taken yesterday, just one question how did she ride that bike in that skirt? Derick Pearson tells us: ” The original of this was in my Grandmother’s collection and was treasured by her as she, my mother and the rest of the family moved from a farm at Tranmire to no 27 North Terrace in 1929. Things were hard then and my grandfather worked in the pit as well as having a share in the old slaughter-house/abattoir round Dam End.”
Image and information courtesy of Derick Pearson (from a postcard produced by Rev. College Booth).

North Terrace

The footpath up from Wood Road, behind the Mining Museum, can be seen clearly in this photograph.  It leads up to Deepdale Farm and North Terrace; Downdinner Hill Farm is sheltered in the clump of trees behind the terrace.

Image courtesy of Julie Riddiough.

Loftus Post Office

Not the Post Office as we know today, at the time this image was taken the Post Office stood quite a way back from the road; where the cafe stands now. Opposite the Town Hall; from photographs we know that the Post Office has been in at least three different locations in Loftus.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

St. Leonard’s Church

A slightly different view of St. Leonard’s church Loftus (St Leonard is the patron saint of prisoners) and is of St Leonard’s before addition of the north aisle, in 1901. During this period the town hall was used for services while rebuilding took place, a question “Is the town hall still consecrated?”

Loftus Church

Now known to be a hand-tinted postcard view of St Leonard’s, but were unsure of the date. St Leonard’s had the addition of a north aisle in 1901; however the iron railings are still around it so we know it was before they took the railings during the Second World War and before gravestones were laid flat. Most likely period is 1905 to 1912, unless anybody knows better?

St. Leonard’s Church

This view of the interior of St. Leonard’s Church in Loftus is from a postcard published by George Skilbeck, a Loftus photographer and stationer.

Image courtesy of Eileen Found.

Loftus, St Leonard’s Parish Church

An exquisite hand-tinted image of the Parish Church at Loftus; part of the Cooke’s Fancy Bazaar series; dating from pre 1906. Eric Johnson tells us that hand tinting was very popular then. Although the grounds today are more well-tended, the building was and still is a popular image to capture.

Image courtesy of Ann Wedgewood and Keith Bowers.

Monkey Trot!

Well it was commonly known as this when I was young and I am not saying how long ago that was. Yes it’s Dam Street and it was named the Monkey Trot even before my time if you don’t know why then ask the older members of the family.
Image courtesy of Eric Johnson.

Old Police Station, Dam End, Loftus

Complete with the requisite street urchin! More modern times mean that water levels are more ‘manageable’ and less of a traffic hazard, except when!!

Haugh Bridge and Loftus Church

A different view of the footbridge over the beck at the junction of Water Lane and Dam Street, with a glimpse of Church Row and St Leonard’s church through the trees.

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris.