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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.

Zetland Road

A quiet sunny day in Loftus, the awnings are down to protect the shop windows from the sun. A more modern view, but not a lot of people out shopping and not much traffic.

Zetland Road

I wouldn’t try standing around in Zetland Road like this today. I wonder – are the men selling the horse?

Image courtesy of Joan Jemson.

Zetland Road

Once again a nice crisp image of Zetland Road from the end of West Road. Interestingly the present day derelict Congregational Chapel has not been erected, so dates this image as pre 1906. This view is again taken from the ”Cooke’s Views of Loftus and District”.

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Temperance Hall, Loftus

This view of the Temperance Hall on West Road in Loftus comes from the ”Cooke’s Views of Loftus and District”. The Temperance Movement was an attempt to stop the decline in the morals and christian behaviour of the British worker. It had a strong following among the employers, who were losing work-days through drunkenness and unruly behaviour. They built this fine building in Loftus to further their aims. It was also ”friendly” society; where, for a weekly subscription, the members were insured against illness and hard times. Today the building is the ”Dole Office” building or more properly The Department of Works and Pensions (DWP). Eric Johnson tells us: ”The dedication stone for the Temperance Hall is weathering and becoming illegible, I can make out the following inscription, but some of the letters and numbers may not be correct, or missing.
m – laid by s ?
v (or w) lapsley marske
on behalf of ??
plant of renown lodge
1283 ? I.O.G.T. june 11 1877”. ”The letters: I.O.G.T. stand for the INDEPENDENT ORDER of GOOD TEMPLARS. established in America about 1852 to combat the evils of drunkenness and abuse. with a structure similar to the Freemasons, with rituals, regalia, songs, and password to gain admittance. the order was started in England in 1868 in Birmingham, and eventually throughout the world. The order is still very much in existence.”

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

West Road

A very popular place to photograph, West Road again with the Congregational Chapel in the centre of the picture. Pretty much contemporary with the previous post.