Loftus from below Co-op Terrace

This is a more unusual view of Loftus, looking over the mill and Liverton Road, with the Station Hotel standing out and Liverton Mines just visible in the background, taken from a postcard postmarked 2nd January 1905.

Image courtesy of Jean Hall.


Here is another first, we had previously no other photographs of the foundry at Loftus. Do you have any to loan us please?

Eric Johnson comments: ”An interesting view of the cupola melting furnace at the foundry, apparently being demolished. Three men are on the charging platform, the charging door on the cupola is open where the charge of pig iron/coke/limestone was introduced. To the right is a hoist on a large beam (above the standing men), used to raise the charges to the platform. At the base of the cupola the air chest for the blast around the cupola can be seen, with air pipe disconnected. Standing on 4 legs, the cupola probably had a drop bottom for emptying slag etc after the days run. The foundry originally owned by Robinson Brothers who produced farm implements, ploughs, etc. They also cast drain covers and gulleys, many of which can still be seen on the streets of East Cleveland. I have seen one at Piercebridge, Co. Durham. A speciality (unique?) were the cast iron gravestones, seen in the old cemetery. Robinson Bros were regular exhibitors at the Wool Fairs in the Market Place, Loftus. Old images show many of their products and warehouse next to the present day Post Office. I believe the foundry was taken over by Tinsley & Co. and is now used by Steve Whitlock.”

Bill Tinsley tells us: ”Zetland foundry was owned by my grandfather until his death in the late 1930s. My father was a mining engineer with Richard Sutcliff in Horbury near Wakefield who sold a half-share to a manager who continued to run the foundry until around 1950. I spent a lot of time there as a child with my grandfather watching and getting in the way but even as a 7 or 8 year old I learned quite a lot about casting and machining methods There was a small machine shop at the far end of the buildings.” Bill also tells us: ”The cast iron railings round Saltburn Bandstand were made by grandfather at Zetland Foundry in the mid thirties but unfortunately removed early in Second World War and melted down for the war effort. Incidentally Thomas Tinsley was apprenticed to John Wood and Co (Steam engine and winch manufacturers in Lancashire) in July 1881.The papers which I still have includes phrases “Shall not wast the goods of his masters,Shall not frequent taverns or playhouses,or contract matrimony”.The apprentiship was for “Engine Fitting”. He later went on to be chief engineer at Nostel mine nr. Wakefield before buying Zetland Foundry. I have 3 photographs taken in 1970 when I last went there,one showing a similar view with the cupula removed, but just possible to see part of the words Zetland Foundry on the hoist beam. Another showing the brass name plate (Thos Tinsley & Son) on the old office door and the third showing his house in Saltburn.”

Photograph courtesy of Keith Bowers and thanks to Eric and Bill Tinsley for the updates.

Loftus from the Station

Another from a series of photographs taken from the same vantage point.  This image looks across the goods yard towards Loftus.

Loftus Station Yard, Winter

One of a series of photographs taken from Loftus Station, looking over the Station Yard.  This one taken in winter from the bankside above the railway station, which can be seen bottom right with the goods yard behind it. Still in the era of horse-drawn transport and unbraked rolling stock, so probably taken around 1900. For once the signage on the roof of the Carnaby Willis wood yard fails to promote the business!

Loftus from the Station 7th July 1906

This postcard view of Loftus from the railway station was taken in 1906 (7th July to be precise); it was one of a range produced by John Thomas Ross (a noted Whitby photographer).

Image courtesy of Ruth Wilcock.

Loftus Station

A different view of the station, showing the bank going up to Liverton Mines.

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson.

Station Road, Loftus

A horse and cart and a cyclist in Station Road, it must have been busy day! This lovely photograph showing the Congregational Church and Westfield Terrace in the background.

Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos.

Souvenir Postcard

The Ebenezer Chapel (on North Road) and the new Congregational Church, Loftus; both no longer in such a magnificent condition – the Archive wondered if the organ still existed and if the donor  was the famous Carnegie; if so then the organ should have been preserved. Douglas Bruce advises: “Indeed it was the famous Andrew Carnegie; the organ was shipped to Germany in 2006, and bought in 2012 by St Bonifatius RC Church in Giessen. It was used as a transitional instrument while the new organ on the west gallery was being built, but people reckoned it could have been built specifically for the Bonifatiuskirche and wondered whether the new instrument was really necessary. The Hopkins organ stands at the front of the church and is used to accompany the choir (for which the gallery is unsuitable) as well as various services where the congregation is predominantly at the front of the church.”


Image from a postcard produced by the Rev. Colledge Booth and many thanks to Douglas Bruce for the update.

South Loftus High Town

A view of South Loftus from the west. Road junction at right hand side of photograph leads northwards to Loftus via Water Lane.

Paul Stevenson tells us: “The first house was my Grandparents house, now I live there.”

Image courtesy of Mrs Cynthia Sakaropoulus and thanks to Paul Stevenson for the update.

Crossroads Loftus

A lovely clear photograph, the road hasn’t changed much other than you couldn’t stand today where the two young girls are, too much traffic. Eric Johnson informs us that it is definitely pre 1906 and the building of the Congregational Chapel by Mr Hebditch.

Image courtesy of Keith Bowers and many thanks to Eric for the update.