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Kilton Mill and Mill Bank

Kilton Mill and Mill Bank

Kilton Mill and Mill Bank long before the road was altered. The image clearly shows the railway line on the eastern side of Kilton Beck which carried the ore from Whitecliffe Mine to the Loftus (Skinningrove) Mine before being transporterd via the bucket system to the Skinningrove Iron works at Carlin How. The postcard published by the R & R Company is postmarked 6th July 1906.
Image courtesy of John Hannah.

Tyne House 1906

That is what it says on the back of this photograph and Tyne House was at East Loftus; with the shop of Mr C Jones next to it. No I do not remember it, as it is dated 1906 and I am not quite that old. But after visiting today I think the shop is number 1 Tyne Street. Keith Bowers brought us an identical image in black & white which he believed to be from the 1890s. We realised that the two were identical, although the image on site was slightly better in condition.

Image courtesy of Mrs Pauline Ovington, but many thanks to Keith Bowers for the alternative image.

Bus Crash at Kilton Mill

Bus Crash at Kilton Mill

A different view of the bus crash from the 1950s showing the United bus still in the stream, viewed from the Loftus side of the bridge, possibly from the former railway line that linked Whitecliffe mine with Loftus (Skinningrove) mine.

A Loftus Postcard

A Loftus Postcard

Showing five places in Loftus, no name to say who published it, can you tell us the publisher or  date this postcard please?

Hummersea Beach in 1906

Hummersea Beach in 1906

A postcard image of Hummersea beach with the remains of the alum house and chimney still dominating the beach. The postcard is postmarked 30th August 1906 and the beach looks to be well used by visitors, enjoying the sunny day.
Image courtesy of Jean Hall

Arlington Street

Arlington Street

This J. Salmon postcard view of the High Street and Arlington Street, Loftus; is unused and so possibly dates form the early part of the 20th century. We would welcome defining detail.
Image courtesy of Jean Hall.

St Leonard’s

St Leonards

St Leonards is the parish church for Loftus. The original ancient edifice dating back to Saxon times was demolished in 1810, Described by Rev Graves as a dark, mean and humble building. The new church designed by Ignatius Bonomi, a well known Durham architect who also planned the Rectory, this now called Linden House; the hall of Lord Dundas in the Hall Grounds is also much in his style. The church was again enlarged around 1900, with the addition of a north aisle. The fine carved rood screen and rood cross, divide the nave from the chancel.

A Skilbeck poscard courtesy Maurice Grayson.

Zetland Road Loftus

Zetland Road Loftus

Zetland Road Loftus 1950’s. A stark contrast to the present day, every shop on both sides of the street and further up Zetland Road were a thriving business. Possibly only Bramwell’s (formally Halton’s) are still in the same trade on the same premises.

A Skillbeck postcard courtesy of Maurice Grayson.

Loftus Market Place

Loftus Market Place

Market Place Loftus sometime in the 1950s, Covell’s delivery van is parked outside the butchers. A United bus waits at the stop near the Golden Lion Hotel. Parrot’s ironmongers now the Post Office is
in front of the bus.

A Skilbeck postcard courtesy of Maurice Grayson.

Loftus Water Mill

Loftus Water Mill

Loftus water mill on Gaskell Lane. A mill has been on this site since medieval times. The water to power the mill came from a pond above the waterfall along a leat to a second pond and then along a second leat to the waterwheel believed to be an overshot wheel, the most efficient type. Most of the machinery is still in situ, by courtesy of the present owner. An historic part of Loftus deserving of preservation.

Postcard courtesy of Maurice Grayson.