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A Loftus View

A Loftus View

An aerial view of Loftus, one of a series taken by Mr Sakaropoulus in the 1970s. This image shows East Crescent, the Arlington estate and on westwards towards the Market Place. How green and verdant the area looks, ‘garden city’ like?
Image courtesy of Mrs Sakaropoulus.

New Blinds

New Blinds

A view of W. E. Greer’s photographic studio after the addition of the veranda blinds. How smart the premises look.
Image courtesy of Mrs Sakaropoulus.

East Loftus with Pad ‘N’ Can

East Loftus with Pad 'N' Can

East Loftus Pad ’n’ Can or lodging house taken down in the early 1940’s, replaced by Esk Terrace. In the 1911 Census the boarding house was managed by Harry Bowers and there were 18 residents, these included bricklayers, hawkers, labourers and miners. A full house!
Image courtesy of Mrs Sakaropoulus, additional information courtesy of Keith Bowers.

West Road Loftus 1904

A Bruce postcard view of West Road, Loftus post marked 1904; prior to the building on the south side by George Hebditch, note the still un-metaled road and the casual attitude to possible traffic by the onlookers. No. 26 West Road is the fourth house down in the second block of houses on the right hand side of this image; next door to the present day dentist’s at no. 27.
Image courtesy of Ann Wedgewood & Keith Bowers.

Fall South Wood, Loftus

Originally believed to be the waterfall in Espiner’s (Hancock’s) wood, our postcard view is undated; but is possibly from the early 1900s. Jonathan suggested: “This waterfall maybe in Handale wood.” Bryan Richardson has confirmed with: “This waterfall is the one in Handale Wood about 300 yards towards Handale from Slaters Banks. The waterfall in Espiner’s wood is flatter than the one in Handale. The railway embankment would also be in the background in Espiner’s. The waterfall is now about one meter lower than it is in the photograph.”

Image courtesy of Ann Wedgewood and Keith Bowers; thanks to Jonathan and Bryan Richardson for the updates.

Old Alum House at Hummersea

Old Alum House at Hummersea

A different view of the Alum House showing Cattersty point in the background. How well preserved it looks at that point in time, an impressive building.
Image courtesy of Ann Wedgewood & Keith Bowers.

Zetland Road Loftus

An early 20th century postcard image of Zetland Road, how quiet it seems to today. The poor pony and trap would not enjoy the same serene pace of traffic, And as for pedestrians on the road!!
Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers.

Haugh Bridge and Water Lane

Haugh Bridge and Water Lane

Another early view of Haugh Bridge. Note how the water spreads across South Loftus Road. Definitely somewhere to avoid in heavy rain.
Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers.

Arlington Street in Snow

A good clearance has been made of the pavement, it positively shines. Obviously road traffic was not as heavy, judging by the pony and cart on the opposite side of the road; as well as the people standing in the road way.
Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers.

Peace Celebrations 1918

Peace Celebrations 1918

One of the series of postcards celebrating the 1918 Peace Celebrations, taken by George Skilbeck (possibly from the upper front room of his premises on Zetland Road). This is the head of the procession with the band leading a vast number of people. The clothing of all indicates more relief that the horror is over than a joyful occasion it commemorated.
Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers.