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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

St. Leonard's Church

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

With thanks to Eileen Found for this image.

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.

Church Bank and Haugh Bridge, Loftus

Very topical this image – can’t think why I didn’t put it on sooner!  The urchin has been joined by his two friends and a sledge! Believed to be a T. C. Booth image, from the early 20th century.  

Image courtesy of Mrs Sakaropoulus.

Haugh Bridge, Loftus

The sun streams through the trees but we can still see the bridge at the entrance to the woods with the stream running under it. Haugh means ’low lying land’ and this was the last of the water splash in Loftus, the road was made of slag bricks and at a much lower level than the roadway of today.

Dam End

Haugh bridge I have been told is the name of this bridge but I am sure many of you like me will know it as Dam End and the entrance to Espiner’s woods, now named Hancock’s woods.  The men on the bridge seem to be deep in conversation probably putting the world to rights.